Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Well, this must have been written by a Geek: How to Manage Geeks. They are talking about information technology geeks, and it contains a lot of self-congratulatory language. We learn that geeks hate bad management, are innately fair, know business better than the management, are creative and smart. And we learn that "managing" them essentially means creating a geek employment nirvana. Here are some "tips:"

  • Send them to lots of training, pay them well, give them lots of benefits.
  • Give them defined goals.
  • Don’t try to outsmart a geek, because you will never succeed. Admit you’re an ignoramous.
  • Never ignore a geek.
  • Never make a decision without consulting the geeks.
  • Make sure they get whatever equipment they ask for. Oh, and free soft drinks and coffee, too.
  • Let them wear whatever they want, and NEVER ask a geek to work out of a cubicle. These are creative people, and they need the proper environment to allow their creativity to flourish.
  • If you don’t do this, expect negative outcomes. We’re talking serious consequences here.

    No word on how the sales staff or production staff might react when they see the people whose job it is to support their work efforts treated better than anybody else in the office.

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