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Becoming a Technical Leader: An Organic Problem-Solving Approach Paperback – September 1, 1986

ISBN-13: 978-0932633026 ISBN-10: 0932633021 Edition: First Edition

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dorset House Publishing; First Edition edition (September 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932633021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932633026
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...extremely practical and down-to-earth...." -- CAUSE/Effect

"it is filled with useful insights into personal growth as a professional." -- Journal of Systems Management

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Words are unable to describe the value of this book.
Dimitrios Staikos
The book ends with some advice to help you implement changes necessary to become a technical leader as well as understand why you want to do it.
Philip R. Heath
Everyone should read this book, and you may want to own one, as there are passages that you will want to reference from time to time.
Steve Berczuk

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Simone on September 13, 2000
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This book resonates in me more than any other book on the subject. Weinberg forces you to participate in the exploration of how a technical leader is created, and he provides *real steps* on how to get there. He also provides many short exercises for you to test your progress in your day-to-day activities.
While reading this book, I had several major realizations about work relationships, why people react they way that they do, and how to motivate them. The title of the book uses the term "Organic" to describe this process, and it is a very valid claim because many of the leadership qualities are not masks that you put on or tricks that you acquire. Instead, they are internal realizations and shedding of misconceptions and assumptions that currently prevent you from being an effective leader. Cathartic in a self-help kind-of a way.
This is highly recommended reading for technical folks in leadership positions, or those who are looking to become technical leaders. Weinberg includes many stories and examples which carify each chapter. The book is a very easy read.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1995
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A life-changing book. The best one I know about becoming a manager or supervisor. Written for any person who is competent in a "technical field" (e.g., medicine, law, computer programming) who is now being given managerial responsibility. Each chapter has brief but powerful journaling exercises to focus your observations and support your development. Unusually clear. A great resource on power and leadership; problem solving and innovation; vision and motivating others; leadership styles; and much more. He concentrates on increasing your mindfulness of the demands of your new role and sharpening your self-awareness of personal beliefs, behaviors, and traits that affect how you affect others. If you can't buy it, track it down on interlibrary loan
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Philip R. Heath TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 17, 2005
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I have gotten more out of this book than any other that I have read. It is ideal for current software developers who think they might be interested in leadership. It begins with some basic ideas about leadership and how they will relate to the rest of the book. The real meat of the book is in sections 2, 3, and 4 which are dedicated to Innovation, Motivation, and Organization - the three key components of being a technical leader. Weinberg does an excellent job of explaining these topics as well as the barriers to them. Each chapter ends with a list of questions. You will not get as much out of the book if you do not take the time to think through and write down your answers. Also, you will be asked to begin keeping a personal journal in one of the chapters on Innovation. You will not regret taking the five minutes a day to do this. It is well worth it. The book ends with some advice to help you implement changes necessary to become a technical leader as well as understand why you want to do it. The book asks a lot of its readers, but it gives a good return on the investment.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve Berczuk VINE VOICE on December 21, 2002
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I recommend this book to almost everyone I know. In addition to talking about management, Weinberg makes clear that anyone can lead, regardless of their official role. There are lessons in this book for everyone who works in a "knowledge" industry. And there are even lessons in the book that can help you be a better person overall.
Everyone should read this book, and you may want to own one, as there are passages that you will want to reference from time to time.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ralph99 on February 4, 2002
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This book was somewhat misleading in that its focus wasn't on how to become a technical leader, but rather how to become a better person. By becoming a more open, well rounded individual you can excel at leadership, also asks the question "Why do you want to become a leader?" I found the most useful part of the book to be the section on the job-satisfaction graph which encourages an introspective review of where you've been, where you are now, and how to get to a more positive work situation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By beantown film fan on January 17, 2011
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Twenty years ago the print edition of this book allowed me to move from the middle to the senior ranks of my profession.
The book is easy to read, and full of conversational, accessible stories that clearly illustrate the important material.
The book is also demanding -- if you're serious about learning how to lead. It isn't an easy transition to make, and this
book gives you more tools than I've found anywhere else but in a personal mentor. It's one of the cheapest sawbucks
you'll ever spend.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on December 21, 2003
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Concrete advice about both how to assess where you are today, and what to do to become and be a technical leader. There are also some fun anecdotal pseudo-conversations that work as a nice interlude, and a great description of the tradeoffs between technical and personal strenths.
While a light read, I couldn't help coming away from this book feeling that it was longer than it needed to be -- the information density isn't terribly high. A few of the pseudo-graphs that appeared in the book also seemed to have mislabeled axes, though that may have been corrected in subsequent editions.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By moled@compuserve.com on December 31, 1997
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A mature version of Dale Carnegie's book "How to win friends and influance people" . A book with sincere ideas, not just techniques, on how to enjoy and work better with people.
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