HoosierJoe wrote in post #17566264
The strange thing about the young boss is that over all he isnt a bad guy.
So about.... 13 years ago now, I was working for a technology company as a system administrator (was all Unix/Solaris systems). I had spent my youth using computers, BBS's, early days of the Internet (first exposure to the Internet was Archie and Telnet) just as the web was being invented. Never went to college, but had some really good mentors in my first two jobs that taught me a lot not about the technology (because I was teaching them), but about how to apply it, and how to think about the technology/people relationship.
Well one day our boss was let go for poor performance. He was a really smart guy, nice, but.... he would fall asleep in his office (we did work a 4pm to 1am shift) among other things. Well I was asked to fill in his duties while they found his replacement. This place was pretty picky about who they hired (and what they paid...) so four months later, they gave up the search and asked me to take the role. I was pretty young at the time, 22 or so... a lot of people on the team were much older, and more experienced.
I always believed in servant leadership, and used a lot of what I was learning as a young parent, and applying it to my work. I studied and learned from people on the financial stuff that was my responsibility. I looked for strong mentors, and people who could help me grow as a manager. All the while, I ensured I helped my team grow as technical assets to the company. I was excited as I was able to get many of them hired into better roles at the company, always keeping my team growing so our newer hires could easily fill the vacancies left. This continued on for about three years, during which time I became the Senior Manager responsible for Operations and Engineering on systems that generated about 30% of our companies annual revenue and over 50% of our annual profit. My teams Gallup Q12 (employee satisfaction) scores were way above industry average, and highest in our company. Average tenure of employees on my team... seven years. People who had been with the company wanted to be on my team.
During that time I had a whole slew of things I could put down to make my resume sound great, but the thing I was most proud of. One of our engineers, we'll just call him A. He was in his late 40's, pretty old by this companies standard. Graduated top of his class at CalTech. Knew the systems of our department and others inside and out. Others _HATED_ working with him. Worked with him, learned some stuff from him, and was able to teach him quite a few things, and get the message through in a way that resonated with him. Over the course of about a year, he changed so much in how he approached problems, saw that there were better ways to share his message. Became someone that people no longer hated, but actually wanted to include in their projects.
I'm totally patting myself on the back, sorry for that, all this to say, a young manager, even one without experience, is not always bad.