How do I transition from a manager to a director role?
April 28, 2012 7:42 PM Subscribe
How do I get my mind ready to move from manager to director?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (6 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I've been a manager for 7 years, both in non-profit and IT. For my IT management work, I've worked as a consultant, basically implementing (and staffing to implement) the strategies others have come up with, no matter how ridiculous I think those strategies are. I've been fortunate to have built a credible reputation in my area, and thus have been able to "overstep my bounds" as a consultant and effect strategic change for clients. In a nutshell: I know a lot about my business, at a very broad level, and can do anything my team does as well as or better than they can. This means, unfortunately, that I know how to do basically everything related to my specialized field, and that my time is equally compromised with minor details (did you find that PDF) as it is with major strategies (the content algorithm should work in x way).
But that's done. I'm leaving that arena for a director-level role with another company--essentially, I will be making the plans that I used to execute. The people trying to get my business will be the former me. This makes my brain melt down.
How do I transition from a high-pressure implementation role to a director role? How do I need to think and work differently? How detailed/involved can I be in day to day activities and still be effective?