What have I got to prove?

I am an IT manager with expert knowledge of integration, but I now find that I need to prove that I know about management too. Do...

I am an IT manager with expert knowledge of integration, but I now find that I need to prove that I know about management too. Do I have to prove myself to further my career or will a company one day open their eyes and realise that it wasn't luck or all the technology I implemented that made things run so smoothly, but the management and integration of it that I set up? If I need to change direction what sort of work would suit me?

You need to define your targets

Michael Bennett

Director, Best People

It seems as if you have run an effective IT department in your current company and, therefore, have reached the position of IT manager. You do not say what position you are aiming for in the company and what they want you to prove.

There are many facets to effective management and it seems that you have managed the technical infrastructure in a very competent manner, displaying the required competencies to do so, such as problem solving, organisation, speed of work, etc. I am speculating, but they may be interested in developing your people management skills, such as how you recruit, retain, develop and measure your staff. Or they may want to develop your management of the business, ie, how you communicate your objectives, successes and strategy against the broader corporate objectives. Communication here is key.

I am sure management in these areas is not an issue but it requires your bosses to define their areas of concern and what you need to prove - we all need targets, objectives and a development plan. Basically, they need to manage you. If this does not happen and it remains a mystery, you will find your experience marketable - probably as a technical IT manager.

The panel: Apex, MSB International, Best International Group, Computer Futures, Computer People, Elan, ITNTO, Monarch Recruitment, Reed Computing, Prince Training

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