Joel on Software, one of the top ten blogs on the web follows the life and tribulations of CEO Joel Spolsky and his company, Fog Creek Software.
The movie/DVD, Project Aardvark, 12 Weeks with Geeks is an excellent view into a modern software company as you follow interns through the creation and release of Fog Creek Copilot.
In recent days, Joel has been over-simplifying management into what I classify as the push, pull and mingle methods:
Push: Command and Control
Pull: Econ 101
Mingle: The Identity Management Method
What Joel hasn’t talked about is Leadership.
In truth, good managers are using a combination of all three of these all of the time. Managing and motivating employees is one of the most difficult skills to learn. Once mastered, you are leading.