No matter how blue sky the brainstorm, make sure that every meeting ends with clearly defined ownership of next steps. The best way thing to do, is to be direct and dispassionate.
Be firm and own the critique. Make sure the message is being received as delivered. Then, she always follows it up with an email summary.
As a manager, you have to exist in multiple temporal realities. Your job is to keep things moving in the short term, while still planning for the long run.
Book cover by Kimberly Glyder. Many new managers think their job is to support individual team members to success. Your job is to help your whole team achieve great outcomes. Remember those meetings you and everyone around you used to dread? Giving people big problems to solve is a sign of trust. Early managers yearn for control.
They want to prove they can do the new job.
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My first three management roles were managing a single team of developers, ranging between three and seven engineers on the team.
Most of the teams were already formed when I became their manager. IC work: During this time, I still shipped a little production code here and there. Hardest part of the job: Learning how to emotionally survive incredibly challenging stretches of time with a particular report. Eventually, in addition to managing a team of engineers, I started to manage a manager or two of related teams.
The sizes of these teams were all generally still relatively small fewer than 5 engineers per team. Skip-level s for an hour every two weeks with people reporting to the managers who reported to me. My favorite responsibility: Running show-and-tell for more than just the people who report directly to me. I started to realize the huge value of having face time with everyone in one room.
Bootcampers, people from other teams, and sometimes senior leaders would join occasionally. Also, people laughed a lot during this meeting; it felt like we were really building something amazing together. Hardest part of the job: That context switching between managing ICs and managing managers. For the other, your brain is focused not on team mission or delivering on that, but much much more about the human stuff that you only tangentially have an impact on — you need to coach this manager through it, and help them do it on their own.
I found switching between the two brains really hard.