Author Archives: Eric Bloom

About Eric Bloom

President and founder of Manager Mechanics, LLC, Eric is also a nationally syndicated columnist, entrepreneur, speaker, award winning author and trainer in IT management skills. By pioneering IT leadership education in traditional classroom settings, as well as online platforms and advanced virtual worlds, Eric's team provides strategic education to firms who value superior IT leadership, a strong teamwork ethic, IT innovation for competitive advantage, and planned succession to consciously control recruiting and retention.

7 Steps to Get Back Into IT

I have been out of IT for about three years and would like to get back in. Prior to leaving IT I was a help desk technician with about ten years of experience and my A+ certification. What would you … Continue reading

Posted in IT Growth | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Importance of hiring the right people

Upon occasion, I’ve written columns related to hiring new employees. These column titles have included: Getting Permission to hire Reviewing Resumes Deciding which person to hire Interviewing Job Candidates Hire people that love their work In this week’s column, I … Continue reading

Posted in Strategic IT Management | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Needed Data Center Skills are Changing

I had the pleasure of speaking with Andrew Hillier, the CTO and Co-Founder of CiRBA, a leader in data center based capacity transformation and control software. We discussed how technical advances in data center management are transforming the types of … Continue reading

Posted in IT Growth | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Help your company sell its products and save money

I love the company I work for and they have been very good to me. The problem is that the company isn’t doing well financially. My job in IT is not currently at risk, but many others are fearful that … Continue reading

Posted in IT Growth | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

10 Things your department can do during slower work times

Wow, in today’s economy and business environment this may seem like a very strange time to be writing about what to do when your group has extra time on their hands.  In many cases, staff reductions over the last few … Continue reading

Posted in Strategic IT Management | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

IT Career Success and Advice: An Interview With Marilyn Smith

This is the first of an interview series that I will be intermittently including in my “Your IT Career” blog. The rationale for this series is that who better to ask for career advice, than those who have reached the … Continue reading

Posted in IT attrition | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

You don’t need all the answers, just the right questions

When I first became a manager, I thought I needed to know all of the answers to all of the issues in my department. You know what, I was wrong.  I quickly learned that management was more about asking questions, … Continue reading

Posted in IT Management Skills | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Begin an internal “Community of Practice”

I work at a big company with IT people all around the world. Many of them do the same kind of work I do. What can I do to meet these people and build my internal professional network? There are … Continue reading

Posted in IT Growth | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Learn to Make Decisions Through Other People’s Expertise

As you move up the organizational ladder (get promoted), regardless of your chosen profession, you will eventually be managing business functions that are performing tasks that you have no personal ability to complete. Additionally, because these departments are within your … Continue reading

Posted in IT Management Skills | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

8 Steps on how to talk benefits, not features

When I tell my business users about new features we have added to their software, their eyes glaze over and they don’t pay attention. This really makes me mad. What should I do so they will listen to me? As … Continue reading

Posted in IT Growth | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment