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What it feels like to be underpaid, overworked, and under-appreciated

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You arrive at the office before everyone else. You turn on the lights, and you leave your door open. When someone comes in with a question (and they will, frequently), you always have the answer, and they never wonder why that is.

Sometimes they ask about the copy machine (it won’t turn on, it won’t scan, it won’t copy, there’s a jam, it needs more paper, it’s out of toner, they forgot their code, etc.). Sometimes they want to borrow something — like your favorite pair of scissors, your tape dispenser, your last blue pen, your only black sharpie, or…


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Learn how to tell who is a great worker, and which of your workers can be great leaders

Illustrations: Thomas Hedger

Growing teams need managers, and who better to manage a team than someone who is already part of one? While that may be true, picking the right person to become a team manager can be a lot harder than it looks. While this piece will focus on engineers, the lessons within are applicable to all kinds of worker-to-leader transitions.

There’s some pretty great literature on making that transition, on being successful in a new managerial role, and on avoiding common mistakes. There are even some great reads on transitioning back and forth between engineering and management. Having advised startups on…

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