Yep, I’m taking a turn as THE MANAGER. I figure I’ve learned just about every way to do that job badly from the other side, I might as well stop whining about it and see if I can do it better than that. Immediately Obvious Things: It’s not easy to protect people. It’s not easy to reassure people you will protect them to the extent it’s possible to do so. It’s not easy to build a culture. People Are Good At What They Do, LET THEM DO IT. Don’t lead from the rear. Don’t pretend you know everything, or really anything at all. Listen. Learn. Be in the team.
So far, I’ve not done anything stupid, but it’s still early in the process. Thank God I have an amazing team that I get to be a part of.