This is my Manager README. This document will introduce me to you as a human, give you an idea about my leadership style, and help you understand the ways you can rely on me.
Most if not all difficult situations you'll face as a leader will have some sort of contradiction—that's what makes them difficult. Being able to BOTH-AND in those situations is what will make you a great leader.
One of my clients told me today, “Managers have to do a lot of routine and boring work. I feel overwhelmed!" I asked to clarify, “Can you give me an example?" They replied, ”Sure! For example, maintaining this spreadsheet of [insert boring technical stuff]..." Their main complaint was that as
People can achieve success in different ways. Some will just plow forward and if they fall off the wagon, get back on the next day. Some might have the unwavering faith in themselves, no matter what. For the rest of us, half-assing is the real way to success.
I have been a skeptic most of my life. I've been trained by my profession to be skeptical—to question assumptions, to explore corner cases, to poke holes in ideas, to pick apart arguments, and to find fault! Don't get me wrong—skepticism served me well as a software engineer!