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Ed Reynolds

Ed Reynolds

Ed Reynolds is a management veteran of over 20 years. After being dubbed "little Hitler" by one of his first direct reports, he began a career-long quest to identify and practice good management skills. His blog is focused on real-world management skills, including delegating, coaching, managing up and other topics of interest for first-time and veteran managers. You won't find much of this in textbooks – Ed writes from firsthand experiences.

Ed is currently a Global Account Manager for Symantec, calling on major OEMS like HP and Dell. Prior to Symantec, Ed held executive positions in marketing and product management at Dell, Compaq and Motorola. He also spent four years as the CMO for a fabless semiconductor startup in the security space. Before joining the supply side, Ed held IT management positions in the financial services industry, including commercial banking and brokerage. He has managed in-house consultants, cross-functional teams, data center operations people, product managers, product marketers, software, hardware, applications and systems engineers, business development and sales people.

Ed holds a BS in Marketing from Western Illinois and an MBA in Economics/Finance from Northwestern.

A Day at the Oscars
By Ed Reynolds
The company is in somewhat of an uproar. The CEO has announced a new corporate strategy and organization structure. He holds a company-wide meeting where all this is presented in... Read More»

Managing With Consultants
By Ed Reynolds
If you have been managing for more than a few years, you have been in the situation where you needed some outside help to complete a project. Sometimes you request... Read More»

Managing Out
By Ed Reynolds
Perhaps the most difficult job a manager faces is dealing with an employee that just isn’t performing up to expectations. Even if you’ve been coaching them all along and their... Read More»

Make Your Boss Look Good
By Ed Reynolds
My uncle once told me, "The best way to get ahead in your career is to always be prepared to do your boss' job and then work like heck to... Read More»

Managing in Superstar Cultures
By Ed Reynolds
Do you want everybody on your team to be a superstar? Having lots of superstars can be an ego boost for a manager and even make the day-to-day work go... Read More»

Managing Key Talent
By Ed Reynolds
Every manager with more than 3 direct reports can identify somebody on their team as "key talent." These are the employees that know what is and isn't working in the... Read More»

Managing the Administrivia
By Ed Reynolds
Sometimes the paperwork and administrative tasks required by an organization are daunting, especially at review time. And as managers, there are so many more important things to do than all... Read More»

Managing Up Part II - What Motivates Your Boss?
By Ed Reynolds
It goes without saying that managing up involves understanding how your boss gets paid and what business objectives are most important to them. But do you know what really motivates... Read More»

Managing Up
By Ed Reynolds
We all know doing a great job is rarely enough to be successful as a manager. Sometimes, understanding the nuances of your boss' personality is a lot more important than... Read More»

Hiring Better Than You
By Ed Reynolds
The current environment levies huge taxes on any leader. The economy is forcing business model changes. Technology continues to evolve at breakneck speed, at once increasing and confusing options. Digital... Read More»

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