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Another thing that Rands hits on a lot in his book is talking without action. It's best summed up in Fred Hates It. This is something I experience a lot in my current job. It is irritating! We're nerds, we want to get things done. Bosses won't disagree with this - it's our job to do things. And yet, it's practically impossible to get anything done. We spend ages in meetings trying to figure out why nothing's getting done.
Alright, so meetings don't work so well. How does one get things accomplished? You build a cave. A nerd's cave is a place that they're familiar with and is secured from distraction. This is one of the reasons I have such trouble getting anything done at college (homework and funny pictures on the internet being the other two).
After college, I'll need to procure a job. Various programs that have attempted to teach me how to get one have taught me two lessons: "Having a resume is good" and "wear a tie." Despite hearing the same lectures telling us "What Employers Want", I never actually heard anything from an employer. Managing Humans has two chapters that filled in a lot of holes for me, A Glimpse and a Hook which is about resumes and A Sanity Check which covers the phone screen.
Finally, there's the inevitable - something goes horribly wrong. There are many ways to react to this scenario, most of them wrong. In When the Sky Falls, Rands lays out a simple process to weather the storm. The nice thing about this plan is that it scales well. It can cover anything from a major security hole on a minor one-man project to major someone's-getting-fired-for-this disasters.
This barely scratches the surface of what's contained in Managing Humans. While it's more of a reference book than an afternoon read, Rands communicates the lessons that he's learned very well.