Management would be easy if it were just a case of writing a plan, assigning tasks and resources and ticking them off as they're done.
My worst experience was probably getting a supervisor role, and discovering one of the people I was supervising desperately wanted the role, had written rambling ranting notes to HR about how he should have the role, and not getting it had played a part in triggering his divorce. Plus fielding calls from his ex-wife asking why he was working all hours and couldn't do his share of the child-minding when he was working the bare minimum.
I've had few good managers, and few who have had the energy to do the bare minimum of their job. I think I've written all but one of my appraisals, even then a manager called me up to ask me why I'd given myself a 5/5 when that was a drop-down box and the sole part of the process he had to complete himself, apart from hitting 'print'. Thats if they can even be bothered to pay lip service to the appraisal process at all.
Lately I've avoided management responsibility and gone down the technical expert route. Its a whole lot less hassle.
I have set myself a date to quit the current job, take a break and see whats next. I'm wholly unappreciated and my current manager is a spineless wimp. He dumped a load of old files on me, one of which was a memory stick containing notes of his personal thoughts during his divorce. I should have kept it I guess.
My working life really has been like a Dilbert cartoon. I think the pinnacle was being rejected for a job, getting a different job in the same company and my first placement being doing the job I'd been rejected for on behalf of the person who did get the job but was recognised as incompetent at it (she lied on her CV, but being a woman couldn't be fired). They did fly someone in from the US to try to teach her but all she would do was stand there for a few minutes, declare it was too difficult and walk off.
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