What is your Next Move? Prep for SES or “Manager of One”?
by GovLoop on Aug 01, 2012
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Prepare to operate powerfully in either role, as we discuss the unique opportunities and challenges in taking the Senior Executive Service path vs. inventing a satisfying career as a nonsupervisory ...
Prepare to operate powerfully in either role, as we discuss the unique opportunities and challenges in taking the Senior Executive Service path vs. inventing a satisfying career as a nonsupervisory expert or “Manager of One.” As Fried & Hansson (37 Signals), suggest in their New York Times Bestseller, Rework:
Managers of one are people who come up with their own goals and execute them. They don’t need heavy direction. They don’t need daily check-ins. They do what a manager would do – set the tone, assign items, determine what needs to get done, etc. – but they do it by themselves and for themselves.
Why is it that some view nonsupervisory work as “less than,” while some individual contributors develop significant influence and the ability to make things happen from any position that plays to their strengths? Effective preparation for either path involves developing a persistent belief in one’s own competence and understanding how to get results that matter to the organization. Trade insights with panelists who continually choose their paths from positions of strength, and come away with tools, connections, and next steps
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