Chapter 57. Moving Up Means Letting Go

When you move from a position as a star individual player to one where you are responsible for managing many other people, it’s a whole new ballgame. The very strengths that got you noticed and helped you move up—super motivation, attention to detail, and strong follow-up—can now trip you up if you try to use them in exactly the same way as before.

Moving into a position of managerial responsibility is one of the most challenging transitions in organizational life. The temptation is to carry on doing what you’re good at, alongside your new responsibilities, somehow fitting it all in. This is categorically wrong! You need to let go of former roles and the way you did things before in order to focus on doing ...

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