I’m slowly building a series of thoughts around the transition from “maker” to “manager” in a growing company. This page is a collection of those posts.
A leadership story I’ve been thinking through lately is the transition from “maker” to “manager.” The story is a common one: a maker founds a company and is involved in the day-to-day hands-on work of the business, whether that’s sales or marketing or writing code. When a company is small and all hands are on deck, leadership flows naturally out of the founders because they are setting an example in what they work on and how, which is visible to everyone.
As a company grows, though, the leaders move from making to leading teams of makers. Mileage varies based on any number of variables (personality, communication style, capacity for complexity, etc.).
Post 1: From Maker to Manager