Leading Geeks: How to Manage the People Who Deliver Technology

  • 3h 57m
  • Paul Glen
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2003

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 clarifies the responsibilities and tasks of the geek leader and contrasts them to conventional approaches to leadership. Glen also shows how to:

  • Motivate geeks to be productive
  • Facilitate productivity within 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 support an organization

About the Author

Paul Glen is a management consultant who helps clients build effective technology organizations. For more than fifteen years he has advised clients in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the MBA programs at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and Loyola Marymount University. Prior to founding C2 Consulting, he was western regional manager for SEI Information Technology, a national IT consultancy.

In this Book

  • Leading Geeks—How to Manage and Lead People Who Deliver Technology
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Geeks, Leadership, and Geek Leadership
  • The Essential Geek
  • Groups of Geeks
  • The Nature of Geekwork
  • Performing Geekwork
  • Nurturing Motivation
  • Providing Internal Facilitation
  • Furnishing External Representation
  • Managing Ambiguity
  • Selecting and Organizing Geekwork
  • Uniting Geeks and Geekwork
  • How Geek Leaders Lead
  • References