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April 13, 2009


Tim Walker

Good point, Dave. The sports analogy breaks down when you're talking about business, because the *game* changes as you move up levels.

If we're talking about baseball players, it's much simpler: a minor-league third baseman is playing *exactly* the same game as he'll play at the big leagues, except against a group of players that are, on average, younger and not quite as good as big-leaguers.

But think of the typical transitions in a business career:

--Individual contributor.
--Managing / coordinating projects.
--Managing individual contributors (often without P&L responsibility).
--Managing managers (P&L often kicks in around here).
--Managing directors & department heads.
--Managing senior executives.

The stakes, the egos, the budgets, the cognitive complexity -- all of them rise at every level.

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