When I was first promoted into management I held on to a couple of customer projects.

Weeks turned into months, months turned into a year and I still hadn’t shed my individual contributor duties for those clients.

It stunted my growth.


Because managing a team is a fundamentally different job than whatever put you at the top of the individual contributor ranks. Totally different.

So when you get there, don’t do like I did.

Come up with a transition plan for your customer responsibilities so you can sink your teeth into the next big learning opportunity: being a people leader.

Am I the only one that made this mistake?

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