"The higher up a manager gets within the organisation the broader their view becomes at an expense of depth."
David, your comments are amazing, and I think exactly on the mark. Maybe we need to totally rethink the whole management function. Decades ago my wife began her career as a secretary for a legal firm, and from hearing her stories it gives me a whole new perspective on management. My guess is that she was a better manager of things in that organization than the best of the partners and very instrumental in leading them into available technology. Maybe we have idolized the management funtion far beyond what it should be.
Should we see 'managers' as a function of collecting, receording, organizing, and distributing information to various groups who are themselves responsible for different aspects of business while managers 'get the hell out of they way' of actual accomplishment?
Years ago I was at one point the 'manager' of a small IT shop of varying 7-8 folks, before I got weary of it all, and went on as a designer, developer, DBA. Through those years, I was privileged to work with some skilled folks and we all spent effort actually developing, testing, and implementing code together and learning WITH each other. We ALL knew how EVERYTHING worked and ANY of us could handle issues as they arose day, night,weekend. No one 'owned' any of the code, and all of us could pitch in and make corrections, adjustments and improvements as needed.
Those were the early days of my IT work, and we took a years-old family-owned and operated, totally manual company and made them a leader in technology among the competieion in our metropolitan area over ten years working together.
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