Specialists within the technology space tend to get promoted because they are good at doing things. They are great with code; they build an extensive knowledge and industry expertise that enables them to be extraordinary problem solvers and thinkers. As they get promoted their responsibilities expand to leading projects, teams and then departments.
When people are very task oriented or driven by building expertise; their brain gains pleasure from satisfying the task. The more we enjoy something the more we do it. This virtuous circle can become a vicious circle as people take on management responsibilities.
Thriving organisations cannot afford to have the ‘genius in the basement’ – gifted individuals who produce great work but ‘don’t do people’.
In the fast paced, tech driven workplace satisfying the task is not enough to get complex interdependent work done.