I feel this list by Dan Na of what it means to switch to the management track and this point in particular is more or less what my days consist of (intensity, attention, feeling): “Management forces you to care more about everything.”

I am the ultimate person who has to care, who has to pay attention and who has to bring the intensity to drive things forward.


I think this is a leveling definition that I can live with: “Managers are paid to drive results with some support. Directors are paid to drive results with little or no supervision (‘set and forget’). VPs are paid to make the plan.”

Or if I would paraphrase this: Directors are barrels (not bullets). VPs need to create the circumstances where you are ‘certain to win’.