Whether your technical expertise is in engineering (like mine), law, finance, technology or science, we technical folks don’t have good reputations as managers. When a technically accomplished person is promoted into management, suddenly the old skills that made us successful are not as relevant. It’s a whole new ball game and a whole new set of skills. As we always said: Technical skills are the easy part. People skills are the hard part.
Technically-talented managers can become perplexed by people issues, stymied by office politics and mystified by seemingly illogical decisions made by “management”. You don’t have to be perplexed, stymied or mystified if you have all the information you need.
Here are 10 things that every technical person should know when they become a manager and leader.
- Know your staff
- Know you
- Know your boss
- Know the influencers
- Know the factors other than the data that are influencing organizational trajectory
- Know the person who can get things done in the office
- Know a broad range of information sources
- Know how to challenge your initial impressions
- Know your vision for the organization
- Know your leadership philosophy
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Contact Shelley Row to assist you and your staff to grow your skills as an insightful leader.