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the leader who is everyone

in science fiction, the master is always capable of doing everything the apprentices can do, and more. captain picard can hand-fly the enterprise. master yoda can flip around with a light saber. I have found this to not be true. I'm a little sad about it. there was a time when my favorite thing to do at work was to put in my headphones and draw up system schematics all day. I last did that sometime in 2011.

you delegate those tasks when you become a leader, and then you drift away from them. we have whole airplanes drawn up in software that I've never used. I couldn't draw today without training.

why? I run around to meetings all day. I visit buildings in every part of town so I can be the eyes for 14 different models. My job is to think about where we will be six months or 12 months from now. you can't do all that without losing something.

I'm sorry, but captain picard would not be able to fly the enterprise.

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ironphoenix
Sep. 30th, 2016 10:16 pm (UTC)
Not since they upgraded the interface software and put in the new engines, anyway.

It's a sad truth.
ali_highland
Oct. 1st, 2016 02:41 am (UTC)

Yup I can never do what my team do

sunneschii
Oct. 1st, 2016 07:42 am (UTC)
Yes!
I think this is good to be aware of, and also to not forget appreciate the work of the people whose job management is no longer able to do.
deloric
Oct. 1st, 2016 02:05 pm (UTC)
hm... I've been contemplating career moves, trying to decide if I want to move up from doing the actual work to being the one that goes to meetings and orchestrates the future.

Do you ever miss doing the hands on work you started out in?
mai_neh
Oct. 1st, 2016 03:29 pm (UTC)
Great observation!
lookfar
Oct. 2nd, 2016 03:33 am (UTC)
Nor would Kirk go down to the planet surface, right?
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