Surviving being senior (tech) management.

Being an engineering leader is different

  • Senior management is a job where your ability to cope with your demons is critical to the success of everyone who works for you. Ben Horowitz writes about this in, “What’s The Most Difficult CEO Skill? Managing Your Own Psychology”
  • Most people doing the work (at least in tech) are transitioning from maker to manager, and while a few special people are both good at management and enjoy it (and also a few sociopaths), most of us find it a difficult transition: rewarding but also filled with doubts and uncertainty.

Some Advice

1. Get some exercise

2. Have someone to talk to

3. Talk with peers

4. Have a personal mastery project

Put your own oxygen mask on first, before assisting others

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Onward. Previously SVP at Blink Health, CTO at Etsy, Flickr Architect. Interested in engineering positive change.

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Onward. Previously SVP at Blink Health, CTO at Etsy, Flickr Architect. Interested in engineering positive change.