I just posted in another discussion, so I suppose I ought to post something here as well.
I work as a one-man web team for a family-owned company that operates a chain of about 100 stores spread across six states. I have over 15 years of IT-type experience, including programming and database work as well as web development.
While working here, I have completed a long-delayed bachelor's degree and an MBA in preparation for moving into a less hands-on role. I'd rather be thinking about what to do and why to do it than worrying over all the coding specifics of how it gets done.
So far, the biggest hurdle in my finding that new role is my lack of previous experience managing direct reports. I do plenty of cross-functional stuff, but I'm a "director" with no directs.
Experience with Manager Tools
I had seen recommendations about Manager Tools in other places online, but I only started listening to the podcasts a couple of weeks ago. I subscribed to both Manager Tools and Career Tools through iTunes, and I've been listening to Career Tools ever since. I've listened to about 70 of the podcasts, and I'm impressed with the clear usefulness of the recommendations. I'm re-examining my resume prep now based on some of what I've heard so far, and I know there's so much more to hear.
I completed the DISC assessment yesterday, and I've seen that some people list their profile in their signature and some don't. Is there a preference, or is that just a question of how self-disclosing people are? My profile seems accurate, but I'm not exactly proud of it. :)
I share the rest of my life with my wife, two kids, and four cats. I enjoy reading history (often military history) and collecting fountain pens. Yes, I work on a computer all day and fill my fountain pens from a bottle.
I look forward to learning even more from Mark and Mike in the podcasts and from all of you here in the forums. As you see here, I can be wordy.
(The username is a fountain pen reference. I prefer flexible fine nibs.)