My seat at the Chef's Table
Since college, my job title has gone from Administrative Assistant to Chief Operating Officer. I have seen and learned a great deal, and not just about technology. It's been a wild ride, through expansions and contractions, and I have been up close and personal to some great management, as well as some also-rans. Luckily, growing up in a large family, I got the message early that I can learn what NOT to do from others. 🙂
This blog attempts to share lessons learned, as well as spark discussions around challenges I face today. Running a µISV is a little like being invited to dine at the Chef's Table of a great restaurant. I am able to see "up close and personal" some delicious experiments!
Sitting at the Chef's Table can sometimes be a little too close to the hot kitchen. I can relate to Jason Cohen who admits that sometimes, even he feels like fraud.
So I need help finding this community of Admin turned COO. I know it's there, but I can't find it. I even used the tools suggested by Marshall Kirkpatrick here.
A great admin is sometimes invisible, but you can spot a disinterested admin from a mile away. A star is the backbone that creates and maintains an esprit de corps, allowing teams to focus on what they do best. We are helpers, or Connectors as Malcolm Gladwell calls us in the Tipping Point. We bring a special sauce to the table. 🙂
One of the greatest parts about being in larger company is camaraderie available. At Macromedia, engineering teams called the Executive Admins "The Goddesses." (We even dressed up as superheroes one Halloween.) Those were the days when our jobs could have been summed in one line, "Other duties as needed."
So where are the smart admins who love technology and are indispensible team members? Any of you working in startups already? Is there anyone just like me out there? Let's hear from you! Rather than pining away for the benefit of a team of admins in a larger company, let's grow a community of engaged, techno-curious "Admin-agers" to do what we do best: share, lead and learn.