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Thursday, September 22, 2005

The Craftsman-to-Manager Paradox

This post, by Dave Gray (founder and CEO of XPLANE) explores the paradox:

"If you are a craftsman, you were probably promoted because you are highly productive. Most likely you are productive for a few reasons:

  • You manage your time effectively
  • You require minimal supervision
  • You are reliable
  • You take pride in a job well done

Here’s the paradox: You meet the above criteria because you are a self-reliant perfectionist. As you move into management, the very things that made you effective as a craftsman are now deadly threats to your success as a manager. Your independence and self-reliance, which was an asset, is now a liability.

Read the entire article here.

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