Do all roads lead to management?
Some workers are imagining new ways to get ahead When Daniel was promoted to a people management position, it felt like the natural next step for his career. He’d been working as a software developer for four years, and he’d seen countless colleagues follow a similar path. People who excelled as individual contributors (ICs) became people managers. That’s how moving up the career ladder worked. Some of Daniel’s new responsibilities as a manager were exactly what he’d expected: preparing for one-on-one meetings with his direct reports, following up on action items, checking in on the daily progress of his team, and helping scope out work for the next few weeks or quarter. Very quickly, however, it became clear that there was also a large part of the job Daniel wasn’t prepared for. “I realized that in my previous role, I was shielded...
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