“Success” should not mean “Management”

“…we should wean ourselves from evaluating professional success on management level (even if it’s within a company we started and own). Rather than asking about someone’s rank, position, job title, number of direct reports, power, etc. we should focus on one simple question: how closely does the work you do match the work you want to do? We should start thinking of ways to make sure that kick-ass individual contributors can be compensated just as well as managers, so that they aren’t torn between getting a promotion that sucks (into management) or sticking with what they’re good at and love, for less pay.”

Kathy Sierra