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Part I: The Transition: Getting Off to a... > Before You Begin the Transition

Chapter 2. Before You Begin the Transition

Organizations tend to identify high-performing technical experts and promote them into technical supervisors. This involves two falsely made assumptions. First, technical expertise does not convert into supervisory success. Second, the competence (understanding of subject) and motivation (desire to perform) that an expert may have for technology may not transfer to competence and motivation for supervision.

Here are four critical questions for the technical expert to address before accepting a position as supervisor:


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