Should I Become a Manager?
Since starting Practical Works, I’ve spoken with a lot of folks who are at a crossroads in their career and aren’t sure which way to go. Do they become a manager, or do they continue to pursue excellence in their craft? For a lot of people, this can be a very nebulous, stressful decision. In fact, there are only a couple people I know who’ve known without a shadow of a doubt which path they wanted to take (I was not one of them, surprisingly!).
After hearing from so many people struggling with this decision, I’ve told each of them the same few things. Hopefully, these will be helpful to you if you’re considering whether to become a manager or an expert craftsperson:
Management is like starting over completely.
A lot of people nod when they hear this, but I still see a lot of new managers get really surprised by just how incompetent and unsure of themselves they are at first. For...
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