Soft skills and technical ladders

Tech companies offer more tech-focused career choices than when I started many moons ago. You can follow technical passion and still progress, without becoming the dreaded ‘management’. This is good.

It’s still important to work on the ‘soft skills’, though. As you rise and impact more people, how you do it makes a big difference to the teams you work with.

Technically good and socially abrasive isn’t a great combo.

Without concrete power you’ll do most of the heavy lifting as others don’t want to help. With concrete power, don’t be surprised when there’s a price to pay to keep people around.

Everything involves people, even if your role is focused on tech/art/dogs/gardening/whatever. Work on the hard stuff called ‘soft skills’.

Kindly, keep going.

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