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June 10, 2004

Becoming a Manager is Cack Because...

Becoming a Manager is Cack Because...
  • This is a new job
  • It is harder than the old one
  • You are answerable and taking blame
  • You’ve probably had no training for it
  • Your confidence may be shot

The fundamental thing that nobody tells you is just how different this new job is from your old one. You have pretty much changed career. Instead of being judged on how well you code, design or write copy, your job now revolves around the entirely new set of skills around managing people.

And it’s horrible, and hard,particularly at first, and everyone will give you shit. But then that’s why the money’s better.

The other thing to bear in mind is that you’re unlikely to get any training for your new career until things start going wrong. (And if you’re wondering why your boss has to go on a week-long residential course, just think how many bad habits need to be fixed in *them*!)

As a result, you may end up thinking that they’ve made a mistake, and everyone’s expecting you to fail, and that you’re shit.

But take heart, we’re going to get you through this. Let’s take it back to basics…

Posted by Tom Dolan at June 10, 2004 04:36 PM

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