Hello. Is there any interest in starting a coaching/mentor program for new ppl managers? I continually am asked at work what my goals are for my future and whether I will go into management. They keep telling me I will make a great leader/manager/director but I just seem to have an aversion to the idea of managing ppl. If I get myself there one day, I will be looking for an experienced mentor to guide me and advise me, esp in situations where I have to diffuse the dispute among direct reports.

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I’m closing in on my one year anniversary of managing and it’s been a hell of a ride. Managing people isn’t for everyone. I understand why they push successful and capable individual contributors towards management, but it’s not always a good fit. Don’t let that one bad experience turn you off; I had a similarly problematic person on my team. Sometimes that just happens.

A book that I just started reading that I wished I had read earlier- even before I became a manager- is “Making of a Manager’ by Julie Zhou. In one of the early chapters she talks about this crossroad that a lot of people face about whether to become a manager. I think that might be particularly relevant to you right now.

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I will look into that book. Thank you!

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Yes. I've been leading teams for several years and mentor those less senior than myself, but have never been a people manager. I will say that I've never had to diffuse a situation yet, so that is an area that I will need to improve on until I am finally faced with that challenge a few of times.

You are describing almost the exact situation that was happening with another team I work with. It happened over several months, and the person complaining was moved to another team. In the end, they ended up going to another firm. I don't know many actual details other than those to give you any advice on your situation with the one particular person, however.

As for the other suggestions of moving to management, go for it. There is a lot of training available out there between books, videos, and courses, that you can use to help fill in knowledge gaps for the basics. Everything else will come from experiences.

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