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How to respond to friendly/slightly diminishing comments from employees

I'm petite, younger, female and upper management in a male-dominated physical line of work. Several of my colleagues and employees regularly make casual friendly but slightly condescending comments to me. I generally push back pretty firmly with employees and ignore it from colleagues, but I feel uncomfortable and am unsure if MeFi might offer some better tactics for responding. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2014 - 55 answers

What can an organization do when it's best employees disengage?

I work for a large government agency where the "management cadre" is separate from the "professional cadre." Top- level professionals make as much or more than managers, at least up to the middle levels. More and more people are deciding to stay in their professional or "field" jobs, so managers are now coming from outside, with little substantive experience, and get overwhelmed almost immediately. When they founder, as is more often the case, there are few ambitious people under them looking for an opportunity to shine by taking on extra responsibilities, so they just keep chewing up the scenery. The fact that it is next to impossible to fire anyone at any level for any reason means there is little incentive for anyone to change, and the crappy economy means nobody wants to let go of a good salary, not to mention a great pension. Lather, rinse, repeat. Have you ever been part of this dynamic, and if so, how did you handle it? Have you ever seen an organization dig itself out once the situation got to that point? What constructive actions can the professionals in this scenario take, short of taking on responsibilities that don't belong to them ( and that they don't have the authority to carry out anyway)? [more inside]
posted by rpfields on Feb 2, 2014 - 6 answers

How do groups best collaborate on projects?

I work in a small business that reflects a lot of the same problems I've seen in other groups when they try to be productive. You get some people in a room with an intent to create an outcome, a project that is going to take considerable amount of time, thought, resources and creativity. Just getting people to stick to one single discussion thread in this large project becomes practically impossible. How do groups collaborate successfully to create an outcome that is worth the effort? [more inside]
posted by diode on Jan 31, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I constructively refuse to become a people manager?

I am a senior technical specialist in my company, and I've been asked to manage a small team. This is being sold to me as a great development opportunity, lots of prestige, greater authority and decision-making power, etc. etc.. While that all sounds great, it's a line management role. It's not that I'm not a people person, but I feel that it's not the right time in my life to be taking on a major new responsibility. How do I politely and constructively turn down the "opportunity"? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on Jan 29, 2014 - 15 answers

What's a good way to keep track of customer data?

After a crazy Kickstarter adventure, I suddenly find myself with ~65 products to create, 2000 customers to send them to, and loads of information (names, email addresses, shipping details, order selections, order fulfillment status, funds donated) from 4 different sources (Kickstarter surveys, Surveymonkey.com, paypal.com, private emails). I need some way to keep track of all of it, so that I can easily find and export information (Who ordered product X? Who ordered product Y and hasn't yet had that order fulfilled), easily change entries (Customer B: Can I switch from product X to Y?) and easily add entries (New customer C). What's my best bet?
posted by sdis on Jan 26, 2014 - 10 answers

What kind of Resource Management Tool would help my company?

I'm a Project Manager at a web company that makes websites, apps, etc. We are pretty small so any solution needs to be affordable and easy to use. There are so many project management tools out there and we have evaluated many. I have a short list of things I'm looking for which I'll outline inside but mainly there seems to be a lack of resource management at an hourly level. So, either that is too high level for the price/ease of the tools we are looking at, or people are managing that some other way. Data and management geeks, please help!! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jan 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Managing large (9 ppl) software teams?

My manager is overwhelmed. I'm unhappy. He's asking for feedback from team. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jan 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Owner Presence At My Business

My bar / restaurant I opened is in its 2nd year of operation and it's running smoothly while turning a profit. Can I take a step back or should I continue to put in long days at the bar because that's what I'm supposed to do? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 on Jan 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Midlife crisis: Suggestions for a career path out of media?

I'm nearly 40 years old and by some measures, successful. I graduated from a top university and have been employed by major companies for nearly 20 years of my professional life. I've grown increasingly dissatisfied with my chosen career though, and I was hoping some of the wise minds here could give me some advice. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Let's try this diplomatically....

What are your favorite pleasant but professional ways to say 'Don't take this to me. Take this problem to Jane Smith instead." [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jan 3, 2014 - 23 answers

How do I hold people accountable in a fair and reasonable way?

Over the summer I was promoted to Art Director at my small company (15 people total). I've never been a director before, and so far things have been going really well, but I feel like I'm still on shaky ground when it comes to dealing with people when they've made mistakes. What are you supposed to do and say when someone screws up and you want them to be held accountable but you also want to treat them like the human being they are? [more inside]
posted by Hello Darling on Nov 29, 2013 - 17 answers

Short, brilliant books on management?

My software management roll is expanding, looking for those rare, insightful, better than average books on the subject. [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Nov 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for project management software for complex operations

Our organization's complexity has outgrown our project management software several times. I'm looking for options to research as the next step above something like Basecamp or single desktop Microsoft Project installations. If you have experience with project management software for large teams please let me know your thoughts. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Oct 24, 2013 - 6 answers

pleuritic chest pain - really bad

Yes, I know you are not my doctor. Yes, I have been to see a doctor. To date, no diagnosis and no drugs prescribed, a lot of pain that shows no signs of going away. [more inside]
posted by puckish on Oct 24, 2013 - 17 answers

How to track business inventory location? Cloud based, no POS, iOS.

Trying to help a friend find a solution. They need a simplistic solution to tracking some office items. They have several demo kits (15) that their team uses. They need a way to see where each kit is at, without having to contact each employee that's out in the field to see who has what. [more inside]
posted by peripatew on Oct 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Jokes about charred bones: not exactly reassuring!

How should I deal with a co-worker who won't evacuate when a fire alarm sounds? I am particularly concerned because his mobility is limited. Added complication: he is my boss. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2013 - 37 answers

Why are we so bad at estimating our time?

I am looking for informed opinions and articles on why we are so bad at estimating our time on projects, specifically from an IT project management-perspective. [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot on Oct 11, 2013 - 16 answers

To get involved or not to get involved?

Our new project leader is making my staff miserable and threatening the professionalism and success of the project itself. Both project and staff are dear to my heart, as well as my professional identity. No one wants to make waves while on the project; I've recently transferred to a different project. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 8, 2013 - 17 answers

Career Switch: Restaurant Management Edition

My SO has years and years of stellar restaurant management experience. How can he parlay this into a career outside of food service? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Oct 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Best software or websites to manage my small company

First of all, if there are better places on the internet where I should ask these types of questions about project and company management, please let me know. You guys are awesome, but I have plenty of other types of questions I'd like to ask in here, and, plus, I need to find the best source for answers to specific questions like this and fast. I need the proper technological solution for managing the flow of tasks and information of an entire company. The company is about 20 people in the office (half of them engineers) and about the same in the fab shop, so it's small. I am not the owner, but the oft-ignored second-in-command. See my other questions (here and here) for more details about my specific working situation. Right now, the company can only be described as chaotic. We have taken probably on probably too much work, people (especially me) aren't aware of what others are doing, collaboration takes place in inefficient bursts in the conference room, and the massive amount of information we generate per job and in the rest of the business is never easily found when needed. The owner causes a lot of these problems with his capricious style of running the business and tends to only add to the entropy, but I think that centralization of information and communication may save it before it's too late. I need the proper tool or tools to do this. I'll discuss where I am thus far, and we can go from there. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Sep 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Is there a good, NON-JAVA, non-MS project management tool out there?

I will be starting to work on several small, overlapping projects soon and need a lightweight tool. WANT: Ability to manage 2-3 resources (mostly me, really), schedule tasks, create and output Gantt charts. DO NOT WANT: The security hole of suck known as Java, so Project Libre, OpenProj and the like are right out. MEH, WILL ACCEPT IF NEEDED: Cloud app. I really prefer desktop programs for various reasons, but if the best solution is on the cloud, so be it. A PLEA: I'm going to a presentation on Office 365 tonight with a devotee of MS Project. Please arm me in advance against the call of the dark side! [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Sep 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Android App for battery usage/management for older, non-technical user

I'm helping an older gentleman get going with his first smart phone. He is traveling without a car, camping without power, battery consumption management on the phone is CRITICAL. The app needs to FIRST be simple to setup and use, second allow him to easily see what is using the battery, and third have tools to kill wasteful usage. Free would be nice, but willing to pay for a SIMPLE app that does what he needs without confusing him with bells and whistles. [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Sep 23, 2013 - 12 answers

Organizational Restructuring for Dummies

I work at a small non-profit academic organization (30 staff). We're currently in a period of "organizational restructuring," spurred by the (coincidentally timed) resignation of several of our key leaders, and I've been asked to be part of the team that helps decide what this new structure should look like. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Should I give readers a heads-up that I'm killing one of my websites?

I am a professional publisher who produces four lifestyle websites loved by lots of people. After four years of non-profitability, I've decided to kill one of the websites at the end of the year. Should I give the site's 175,000 monthly readers a heads-up that the site is dying? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2013 - 29 answers

Was my boss rude today? Or was his response reasonable/normal?

I think my boss didn't handle things well today, but I need some help because I have lost all perspective on this situation. I'm only 7 months in as a system analyst (programmer) and I guess I don't get the biz yet. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Sep 12, 2013 - 14 answers

Best Project Management Solution (maybe able to export MS Project files)

Are there any websites or programs that can read and export MS Project .mpp files that are more affordable and just as capable as MS Project? Failing that, what's a good online website that can achieve the same effect of building the chart for the customer and maybe even allowing them to collaborate with us on it? We're a small company whose customers often like to see and modify MS Project files at the beginning of a project. Project is expensive and locked to one computer per license, and I don't feel like installing it on lots of computers here when most of the users will use it maybe 1% of the time. Plus, none of us know how to fully extract all the value from this expensive software to justify it. I'd like a solution more tailored to our small needs that still will satisfy our customers. I'm also open to other project management solutions as detailed below. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Sep 9, 2013 - 3 answers

How should I schedule multiple people in multiple places?

I will be assigning a small staff to shifts in multiple locations at different times on a weekly (or bi-weekly) basis. I need to develop an efficient way to keep track of who is supposed to be where at what times, and be able to keep that data for future reference. It would be great if I could keep track of how many shifts each person is assigned on a monthly/quarterly basis. I'm envisioning cumbersome spreadsheets that I'm loathe to create from scratch. Is there an Excel template or a (free/cheap) software solution that will do this for me? Do you do this sort of thing and have advice for me? I'm not the kind of person to reinvent the wheel, so I'd appreciate any help I can get.
posted by LouMac on Sep 6, 2013 - 2 answers

My order, fill it!

We have four departments and each has their own way of managing their student lists, I'd like to find one solution to rule them all. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Aug 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Software/websites to help manage a scientific project

What software/websites would you recommend to help a team of not more than a dozen individuals at different sites manage a collaborative project? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Aug 19, 2013 - 6 answers

My employer wants me to lead a book club...for free

I work at a radio station. One of my managers attended a public radio networking event recently where people were bandying about the idea of book clubs for radio station listeners. Our top-level manager has decided that "we are definitely doing the book club thing." This is now my problem. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Aug 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Running staff meetings

At work, I need to run staff meetings. Please tell me how to run meetings that are helpful for employees and don’t waste time. [more inside]
posted by mejicat on Jul 29, 2013 - 35 answers

Project Management Suggestions

I am embarking on a large ongoing project, and I am hoping to incorporate some project management ideas to keep me on task. What I am hoping for is as follows: *Easily managed, intuitive, customizable database. *Easy date-tracking. *Automated "ticklers" (i.e. reminders) to check each part of the project at predetermined intervals (one month, three months, etc.). *Easy status tracking. What I am really hoping to build is a system to track a large number of similar items through a long process while still being manageable by one person, and to have the data available quickly. Any suggestions on where I can learn how to develop a system like this, or any suggestions on pre-established systems or software that would help would be greatly appreciated.
posted by dfc5656 on Jul 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Professional education/seminars?

My employer has allocated $500/year as a benefit to me for training. I have not used it yet this year - suggestions? Areas I'd like to focus on - accounting, excel, QuickBooks, management training. I'm open to other things if they would be useful. [more inside]
posted by sockpuppetfairy on Jul 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Can you recommend a media asset management solution for small workgroup?

Looking for software suggestions for a media asset management system for a small workgroup setting, mostly on OS X hardware. [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Jul 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Received promotion with disappointing pay raise. Should I ask for more?

Just received a long-awaited promotion. However, the accompanying pay raise was a massive disappointment, and now I'm strongly considering looking for a new job. Is it worth it to ask for more money? If not, should I stay at my current company or find a new job? [more inside]
posted by apostate street preacher on Jul 15, 2013 - 17 answers

What's "normal" anger?

You are a person who has a normal, healthy, societally-standard relationship with anger. What does that look like? How do you express it? How frequently? How do people around you respond to it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2013 - 28 answers

How do I become a pointy-haired boss?

I'm on the job market and I want to move up in the world, managing other people. Tell me how to come across as a capable leader, especially in an interview. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2013 - 6 answers

A friend has an issue with online reputation

What is the best way to damage-control, or manage an online reputation damaged by press coverage of an event stemming from youthful, bad-decision making? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2013 - 19 answers

Limiting a single OSX Application's use?

Does an OSX app exist which will limit the use of a single application? Nothing in the parental controls seems to be able to limit time spent in a given application. [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Jun 23, 2013 - 4 answers

What do you know about being management in a union environment?

I may, in the future, have the opportunity to move to a management role in a union environment at a state university. Some state universities have professional unions and some have service employee unions. Do you have experience working or managing in an environment like this? How is it different from working in a non-union academic environment? If I were to make a move like this, how could I be the best manager for both union and non-union people possible?
posted by eleanna on Jun 22, 2013 - 11 answers

Should I Pursue a CPPB Designation in Canada?

Is this purchasing designation known and sought after among SCM professionals in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Deodand on Jun 19, 2013 - 1 answer

Security Reporting Management System? Guard Patrol Administration?

I've been tasked with creating (well, refactoring and redesigning) a web app for managing a security company. It includes call logs, encounter reports, regions, locations, duties (patrols), various kinds of bulletins, and other things. If I were to search for existing software that covers the same purpose, what would I search for? What is this kind of thing called? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Jun 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Dependent Calendaring - Scheduling Reading Schedules, Episode Views, Etc

I have a need for dependent calendaring – maybe this is the domain of project management software, but such seems more elaborate than what I need. But any ideas or solutions would be appreciated. I’ll go into a little more detail inside to explain what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jun 14, 2013 - 2 answers

MBA and MBA-like programs: Looking for your experiences

My company will pay for my graduate management degree, so it seems wise to take them up on the offer. Can you give me advice from your MBA or MBA-like program experience? [more inside]
posted by BeeDo on May 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Seeking Upper, Upper Management at a Fortune 500 Oil & Gas Company

The facts: I'm a reservoir engineer at a Fortune 500 oil and gas company. I have six years of experience. I have a BS in Petroleum Engineering from a top school. I've been told I'm on the fast track to management. I've also been told that unless I get an MBA, I'll reach a point in my career one day (maybe 10-15 years in the future) where I can't rise any higher. The question: I realize that there is no black-and-white answer here, but I'm looking for general advice on if I should get my MBA, so as not to plateau in my career advancement possibilities at a major oil and gas firm. Is an MBA generally considered to be a requirement for reaching the upper echelons of management at a Fortune 500? Are enough of my peers getting an MBA that it will be hard to complete with them if I don't also have one? Any advice you can offer, especially with respect to the oil and gas world, would be helpful (that said, advice on Fortune 500's in general is welcome as well). Obviously, getting an MBA is a major personal, professional, and financial commitment, so I want to consider all of the angles. What gives me pause is that when I look at some of the executives in positions I'd like to one day be in (general managers, VPs, or higher), some do not have MBAs.
posted by Shaitan on May 29, 2013 - 17 answers

Looking for advice on moving on up (moving on up!). No east side.

Tips on becoming a good manager? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on May 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Books for 30-something researcher suddenly in a management job

Can you recommend a book for a newly-promoted researcher who isn't used to managing a team? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on May 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Collaborative Project Management for Small-Scale Freelancers

I'm having trouble finding up-to-date resources for managing tasks. I freelance and handle about 3 clients that want to push through dozens of small tasks and projects each week. Is there anything with the functionality of basecamp but on a much smaller scale? A well-designed template for a collaborative task list via google documents would work too. [more inside]
posted by c on May 14, 2013 - 8 answers

How to implement a digital asset management system for a small company

I work for an organization that has lots of photos and videos but no system to manage that. I have introduced the idea of using a system like Resourcespace to achieve this goal. What areas could I study to implement this most effectively? Any books, journals, associations or anything that covers effective metadata and content management? [more inside]
posted by andendau on Apr 20, 2013 - 2 answers

Thriving as a small brick and mortar/e-commerce B2C retailer?

How can a small (3-5 employees) brick and mortar/e-commerce B2C retailer survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive market (outdoors/sports products) when it cannot compete on price? Any good examples of small companies doing just that? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Apr 15, 2013 - 5 answers

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