More often than not, people who delivered well as individual contributors will be given people management opportunity as incentive and career progression. However, most of them struggle to deliver at same levels as their previous IC roles, and we see plenty of negative feedback during skip level discussions on their effectiveness and management style. As a result, some of them move back to IC role, majority of them would continue struggle to keep the team together and deliver consistently.
Why do first time managers fail?
When something doesn’t get done, solution is not to do it by yourself: As IC best thing you knew was to do things by yourself. Most of the first time managers try to finish the tasks by themselves
Things Vs People: In individual contributor role, all we dealt with was computers, hardware, code, process or
Everyone isn’t like you:
You need coaching