Andy Leonard (6/26/2013)
Good stuff, Steve, as usual!
Many developers in the market today started playing with computers when they were children. These young people began learning their craft as adolescents - or pre-adolescents. As they make the machine do things, they nurture a passion to create, improve, or enable new stuff via the machine. The best tools were once toys. This is a positive driver.
Where's the corollary experience for managers? What happens in a young person's life that makes them desire to become a manager?
When I was a recent graduate (a long time ago) the team went out for lunch. There were two recent graduates, two recent postgraduates and two (relatively) long standing team members present. We were all talking about career aspirations when the other graduate stated that he wanted to be a manager. When pressed on what type of manager he wanted to be or what he wanted to manage his response was "It doesn't matter. I just want to be a manager". This scared the rest of us as this was unfocussed, unbridled ambition.
Had he said that he wanted to head up an IT department, utilise his soft skills to create a great team or successfully deliver projects (of any kind) we would have understood. Perhaps we did.
-- Stop your grinnin' and drop your linen...they're everywhere!!!