Managing Geeks – A Journey of Leading by Doing
In this highly personal and deeply experienced description of his journey from technology expert to technology manager, Andy Leonard shares his philosophy and approach to management. In contrast to recent management fads, which focus on things a manager should do, this book is about what drives the person who manages.
The focus is on values, ethics, relationships, and what’s right for the business and the people who make the business succeed. As Leonard says, “The theme of this book is about being, as opposed to doing. Experience has taught me that to be a good manager, I need to know who I am and do what I am… What I am is what I have to offer the world, and it’s the core of what I have to offer others who want to be good managers.”
Although the book is specifically about managing “geeks” (a term that technology specialists proudly claim), Leonard’s experience and advice apply to any manager in any field. Leonard says that every manager needs to start by asking, “Who am I?” If that question makes you pause to think, this book will be a valuable resource and tool to help you be a better manager.
About Andy Leonard (Richmond, Virginia Author)
Andy Leonard is founder and Data Philosopher at Andy Leonard Consulting, founder and Chief Data Engineer at Enterprise Data & Analytics, an SSIS (Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services) Trainer and Consultant, Business Intelligence Markup Language (Biml) developer and architect, BimlHero, Microsoft SQL Server database and Integration Services developer and architect, Microsoft SQL Server data warehouse developer, community mentor, blogger, and engineer.
He is a co-author/author of twelve books: Andy is co-author of The Biml Book and SQL Server Integration Services Design Patterns, and author of Data Integration Life Cycle Management with SSIS, Building Custom Tasks for SQL Server Integration Services, Managing Geeks, and the Stairway to Integration Services series at SQL Server Central.