if that highly technical person is given the opportunity to manage a project,
work as a team leader or manager, a new way of problem solving must be learned.
It is called collaboration. That involves slowing down, asking for other
team members’ input, weighing options, gaining buy-in, discovering that other
stakeholders want to put their 2 cents in, and only days, weeks or months later can they finally “kill the problem.” It can be really frustrating to have to
eagerly read it because some of my clients still feel compelled to vent to
their managers and do not realize the potential danger they step into. What
happens after venting? You feel better, yet the boss will tag you as a whiner,
trouble maker, immature or get the impression that you are not up to the job.
Worse yet, they will put you on the list to “manage out”. Think about how many
times you bring problems to the boss without solutions, vs. opportunities,