Tuesday, 24 November 2009

5 Websites/Blogs that provide interesting perspectives for (IT) Managers

I've bought '31 Days to build a better blog' from Darren Rowse of Problogger fame and am slowly working my way through this. I'm not quite following the 31 day principle but am somewhat along the way.

That is I am up to day 5 in the program, and this post is actually representative of the day 2 task 'Write a list post'. On this occasion I have opted to provide you with 5 Blogs/websites I have found to be quite useful in my day job as an IT Manager.

1. http://www.presentationzen.com/ - Garr Reynolds has a very good site on an approach to presentations, he has also written a really good book called Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery. Well worth the read, Garr regularly provides great advice, tips and examples.

2. http://www.manager-tools.com/ - I take this particular website so seriously I am actually a paid subscriber. The site provides a weekly podcast focused on helping you become a more effective leader. Paying actually gives you show notes, templates and presentations that accompany the podcasts

3. http://www.43folders.com/ - This is Merlin Mann's site dedicated to helping people find the time to get things done. Merlin is a little out there at times, the site does have some great content on creativity and productivity. Note it is a little neglected at this time as Merlin is concentrating on writing a book.

4. http://www.joelonsoftware.com/ - Joel Spolsky is one of the cofounders of Fog Creek Software, he writes on a range of topics from software development through to business and management articles. He does provide some interesting perspectives for the development managers amongst us.

5. http://sethgodin.typepad.com/ - Marketing guru of sorts who has written numerous books, two of which I've actually bought 'All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World' and 'Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us'. He provides all sorts of perspectives that provides interesting input to different management approaches and ideas.

So, thats my first list post. Now to move onto Day 5.



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