Free to Be Great
When I first joined Etsy, it was my first job attempting to manage a team of people. In previous jobs, I’d been senior to other designers, and even mentored designers to help improve their processes, but this was the first time I would wind up officially responsible for others. And while I was excited, I was simultaneously pretty terrified. What if I failed? What if I found out I was a terrible manager? What if I hated the role and wanted to design full-time again instead? In my first one-on-one with our Creative Director, Randy, I laid it all out there.
I just want you to know that I could be totally wrong for this role. I’m going to try really hard to be great at it, but the truth is I’ve never managed a team before and might wind up being not very good at it.
Without missing a beat, Randy said something I’ll never forget.
That’s okay, don’t worry about it, he said. If you’re bad at...
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