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Offline John Sansom (@SqlBrit)

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Are You A Technical Expert or Manager?
« on: January 29, 2013, 10:33:49 AM »
Are you a Technical Expert or a Manager? You certainly cannot be both.

At least that's the consensus that I frequently encounter. A belief that you can only be one or the other but definitely not both.

This is outdated thinking. It sounds to me more like a cop out. A nice convenient excuse for those with a fear of doing things differently or going against the status quo. After all going against the status quo is exactly what we apparently should be doing in order to flourish in the modern world of work (You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login, Seth Godin).

Of course leading in this manner is not easy but that's not the same as impossible. Trying to be two different things at the same time is daft, being exactly what you need to be at the right time, now that's smart.

Effective leadership is about being mindful of how you engage those around you. That's a skill that I believe transcends both disciplines.

Technical Expert or Manager, which will you choose to be?



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Re: Are You A Technical Expert or Manager?
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2013, 12:29:46 PM »
@John - My answer to your question is pretty simple  :). I am trying to be a Technical Expert, and I had always intended not to be a manager. But sometimes I do play a role of a "Guide" rather than pure "manager" which is usually tagged in the systems per official processes, and believe it I fought few times to change that title over the intranet portals ;)..

At the end I would like to be a Technical Expert, and play a role of "Guide" on need basis.

Waiting to hear from other forum members too.

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Re: Are You A Technical Expert or Manager?
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2013, 01:29:26 PM »
I like the your thinking sir.

In fact, I'm going off the word "Manager" in general. For me it's connotations are too operational/clinical. I much prefer to think about leadership and how we engage with others, rather than manage them.

Being able to consciously choose how you want to engage others and in what capacity(Technical Expert/Guide or other) is the key in my opinion.

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Re: Are You A Technical Expert or Manager?
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2013, 05:41:57 PM »
Man John, you seem to hit me in the nose with these topics often.......this past weekend unifying a team has come into the forefront and my mindset. You're question regarding technical expert or manager leads me into a direction of some leadership items that have been on my mind lately.

I read "effective leadership" used in your thread and it brought me back to my notes:

1. Willingness to change
2. Better communication in decision making
3. Establishing trust
4. Prefer others over ourselves (hard to fathom in some cases)
5. Who is affected by my actions

Technical Expert or Manager / I'm thinking a hybrid of the two.
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Re: Are You A Technical Expert or Manager?
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2013, 05:46:55 PM »
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Technical Expert or Manager / I'm thinking a hybrid of the two.
Exactly! Let's show folks how it can be done.......

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Re: Are You A Technical Expert or Manager?
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2013, 06:28:24 AM »
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Being able to consciously choose how you want to engage others and in what capacity(Technical Expert/Guide or other) is the key in my opinion.

True, I agree with your opinion. Thanks for kicking off this topic. Its making me think, of what I was doing all the while, and what should I do for folks who are new to the corporate /DB world at least.

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Re: Are You A Technical Expert or Manager?
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2013, 12:18:45 PM »
That's a great idea! It can be really difficult for technical professionals taking their first steps in the new arena of management to find a good mentor who really understands where they are coming from.

 

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