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Leading Geeks: How to Manage and Lead the People Who Deliver Technology

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Leading Geeks: How to Manage and Lead the People Who Deliver Technology

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This non-technically written book provides solid, non-nonsense direction on how to effectively lead these brilliant yet notoriously resistant-to-being-managed, knowledge-workers we so fondly refer to as "Geeks".


In today's business climate technology drives productivity, and competition and 'Geeks' drive technology. More than ever, Geeks—those people who research, develop, design, build, test, install, and support technology—are a critical factor in every organizations success. Leading Geeks challenges the conventional wisdom that leadership methods are universal and gives executives and managers the understanding they need to manage and lead the technologists on whom they have become so dependent.

This much-needed book written in nontechnical language by Paul Glen, a highly acclaimed management consultant gives clear directions on how to effectively lead these brilliant yet notoriously resistant-to-being-managed knowledge workers. Glen not only provides proven management strategies but also background on why traditional approaches often don't work with geeks. Leading Geeks describes the beliefs and behavior of "geeks", their group dynamics, and the unique nature of technical work. It also offers a unique twelve-part model that explains how knowledge workers deliver value to an organization. As well as clarifies the responsibilities and tasks of the "Geek Leader" and contrasts them to conventional approaches to leadership. It will provide valuable details regarding how to:

  • Motivate "Geeks" to be more productive
  • Successfully facilitate technical groups
  • Represent "Geeks" to the world outside the lab and cubicle
  • Manage ambiguity to create an environment in which "Geeks" and leaders thrive
  • Structure groups of "Geeks" to effectively support an organization

This book will provide all managers the tools they need to transform the chaos of the creative workplace into a coherent and compelling place for geeks and non-geeks to thrive.

Additional Information

Additional Information

ISBN 978-0787961480
Publication Date 1-Nov-02
Author Paul Glen, David H. Maister, and Warren G. Bennis
Format Hardcover
Page Count 288
Manufacturer Jossey-Bass