I was going to blog about the current spat between Jonathan Lewis and Don Burleson on the OTN forums over LGWR and LGWR_IO_SLAVES but then decided that it wasn't worth the web space that it occupies. So, I will blog about a non-technical subject, managing people.
People management is a complex subject and there are numerous books published by folks smarter than I on the subject. Here's my take on it.
I've always tried to manage according to my belief that you should treat your employees the way that you would like to be treated. This is true not just at the workplace but also in life. Now, it is not always that simple but it is one principle that I try to adhere to. Like-minded folks tend to get along better than not and working towards a common goal is a good way to align beliefs and principles. Anyhow, back to subject on hand. Why is this important? Let say that you want to be treated respectfully and if you respect your employees then why would they respect you? It's simple and effective BUT there is a caveat. The caveat lies in the assumption that your belief is the same or similar with others. For example, if one of your employee is distrustful of others, their natural belief is that everyone is distrustful of them too so that is going to be a hurdle that will have to be handled. One way is to show by example and it will take time.
There are obviously other principles at play but this is one that i use daily in my life. Give it a try.