CADDManager on February 29th, 2016

I once had the opportunity to listen to a fire investigator talk about uncovering the means, methods and motives behind arsonist activity. It was a wonderful talk about how she researched and looked for subtle clues on the starting location and spread of a fire and how accelarants may have been used. Accelerants are substances […]

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CADDManager on February 23rd, 2016

Some firms have no trouble allowing their CAD/BIM/Tech Manager to grow into the best manager and leader they can be. (see prior post on the Tech Manager title).  Some firms seem to constrain, deny, divert, circumvent and otherwise undermine the effectiveness of the Tech Manager. They do not let the person expand to fill voids […]

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CADDManager on February 22nd, 2016

As I outlined in the last issue of AUGI Magazine, I have started using the term Tech Manager. I use this as an all inclusive title for CAD, BIM, CAM, CAFM, 3D Design, Makers and so many other “manager” titles. I think the term “tech manager” embodies the breadth of duties and responsibilities that have […]

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CADDManager on April 29th, 2015
This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series A CAD Manager's Demeanor

Bring Energy and Enthusiasm  When you take on tasks and projects, do it with gusto.  Truly enjoy your work.  Make your efforts in some way… fun. We all like to do the things that we naturally have talent in.  We love the things that fill us with pride and accomplishments.  Getting things done is enjoyable.  […]

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CADDManager on April 27th, 2015
This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series A CAD Manager's Demeanor

Calmness – Inside and Out Rudyard Kipling may have said it best… way back in 1895… in his poem “If”.  Was he thinking of Tech Managers? If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If- – read more Sound familiar?  I am sure that it […]

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CADDManager on April 22nd, 2015
This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series A CAD Manager's Demeanor

Speaking Ability CAD and BIM Managers have to communicate well.  I have written much on that topic.  With a little more refinement, I venture there again. You need to have balanced interactions with others. Not talking too much, and not too little.  Your words must convey your ideas, values and goals in clear and concise […]

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CADDManager on April 20th, 2015
This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series A CAD Manager's Demeanor

Listens well with a desire to understand Active listening skills take work.  I have written about this in another series. Covey Habits training tells us to listen first to understand, then to be understood. Two aspects of that training call for us to repeat what was said and the restate what was said.  Without falling […]

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CADDManager on April 16th, 2015
This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series A CAD Manager's Demeanor

Be Positive Besides B+ being my blood type… I am generally a positive person. 🙂 Tech Managers need to stay positive when interacting with others.  No scowling and frowning allowed.  Do not let your first words of reply have a negative slant. Positive attitudes should pervade all interactions.   Looking for the bright side of things […]

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CADDManager on April 15th, 2015
This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series A CAD Manager's Demeanor

When interacting with others, your demeanor is showing all the time. Merriam-Webster defines “demeanor” as Demeanor: a person’s appearance and behavior : the way someone seems to be to other people Notice the word “seems” – it may or may not be reality.  They way you appear to others may not be obvious to you, […]

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