Originally Posted by otc
I'm not very good at managing people. I'm trying to work on it (especially breaking off things I need to do and delegating them to someone else...)...
Luckily we don't have a lot of titles or a very rigid organizational structure. So I can pull in help when I need it, without having to worry about constantly managing a team of people and keeping them busy every single day.
I hear you on that. I've had various levels of management responsibility in my career. I find far less satisfaction, and probably contribute less relative value, managing a large department than running a small team (or just fucking around on my own). I'm sure this varies a bit by industry and specialization, but for me there was tipping point where I felt too distanced from the day to day details of the work that I actually enjoy. Plus, there came a point when I had to declare a "only one person is allowed to cry in my office per day, first come first served" rule. I have great respect for people who have the personality and skills to be great managers, but it ain't me, babe.