Why I Don’t Want To Be A Manager

Why I Don’t Want To Be A Manager

Why I don’t want to manage people.  That is what I decided to write about today.

I was a manager for 17 years and It’s been about three years since I elected to step down from my management position.  The upside of that decision has heavily outweighed the downside.  The only real downside was the cut in pay and not having an office (which I’ll discuss in a later post), but the reduction of stress, frustration, anxiety and anger far exceeds the monetary difference.

It’s been interesting working beside the same people I use to manage.  Some of them I managed for over 15 years.

The old manager in me still wants to come out and teach but I try to just sit back and keep my mouth shut.

I often think to myself that maybe I’d still be a manager if I had another me to count on. Continue reading

The Big Picture is Made From the Details

The Big Picture is Made From the Details

One morning when I woke up a thought hit me and I had to write it down.  So as soon as I got up I went into the kitchen and grabbed a piece of scrap paper to write it down.

What I wrote down was this, “Young managers who think they are too important to do the small tasks and just blow through them.”

What made me think of this was work that was done by a “manager” (I am using that term pretty loosely) who had recently departed the company.

He had a mechanical engineering degree from a rather prestigious university on the east coast.

He was just in the early stages of his professional career, in his mid thirties and had been let go by a large global corporation where he worked for just a few years.

Shortly after his arrival at this company he was given the position of Director of Marketing but never really produced any results.  By results I mean sales because what else would you really measure?  What else really matters? Continue reading