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The Evolution of Management

levels of ladders

Credit: Bertold Werkmann

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I have been thinking a lot about the different transitions I have made as I have been promoted to different levels of management, from individual contributor to manager to organization leader in charge of hundreds of people.

With each step up, the job changes—but not all of the changes are obvious. You must shift your mindset and focus on building new skills that are often very different from the skills that made you successful in your previous role.


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