CAD Manager's Newsletter (#303)26 Jun, 2013 By: Robert Green
Upper management wants certain things from you as a CAD manager. Do you know what they are?
I recently spoke to a group of CAD managers in Dallas, Texas, and led an impromptu Q&A session where I let the conversation flow wherever it would. Surprisingly, I found a familiar theme from past years kept popping up: How does my management team expect me to get all this stuff done?
In my attempt to answer these concerns, I found myself articulating one of my own beliefs: "Upper management doesn't expect you to solve every single problem yourself, but they do have expectations about how they want you to handle your job!"
In this edition of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I'll outline the key points from our discussion in the hope that you might find it as useful as we did. Here goes.
Senior managers are continually presented with a wide variety of problems from all sorts of people. Therefore, it stands to reason that they will always appreciate it when the employee reporting to them can communicate in a clear, concise, and unemotional way so they can quickly get back to work fixing all those problems.
Now let's put this in a CAD manager's context with the following communication recommendations:
Write shorter reports: Write in a short, executive-summary style when creating e-mails or printed reports. View your message as a conversation starter that grabs senior management's interest so you can confer with them in detail later. It is better to pique senior management's interest with a quick e-mail than bore them with a long, detail-laden message they'll never finish reading. Limit your reports to one page! Read more »
How to Handle Employee-Provided Tools in the Workplace
More and more CAD managers are dealing with the BYOD (bring your own device) problem in their workplaces. Whether it is employees habitually texting or updating Facebook on their phones, accessing their desktops remotely via an iPad or laptop, or even using cloud file storage sites, managing the use of employee-provided tools is a vexing problem.
I've been reading a very helpful, and thorough, write-up on the management of BYOD issues from Cisco called the "Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Smart Solution Design Guide." Read more »
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