First a quick feedback to Mark and Mike: when you post such great casts here what happens:
- I feel really lucky to able to enjoy and learn on all the topics you guys are covering in both career and manager tools.
- the casts are so fully loaded that I listen to them several times, not in a row, but I often come back to older casts.
- it makes me be willing to improve myself as a manager
What can you do differently ? Nothing, keep it on !
Back to my question:
I manage a small team of 3 people in a university semiconductor lab. I really enjoy the operation side as well as the managing side especially using the trinity. What I like in my job is the ability to be a manager and at the same to have some lab related tasks so I can stay in contact with the ground and with student. I make a point to go several times per week in the lab to do a specific task because it is really easy to get lost in administrative stuffs that could be not that relevant for the purpose of the lab.
Now I'm thinking of the future and wondering how I could make my career evolve. I'm not sure yet what are the possibilities inside my organization so the is something I need to find out of course.
My goal is to slowly climb the ladder toward executive positions in my organization or elsewhere.
As a scientist, I'm wondering what's the best path to take to reach executive positions while keeping a hand on technical stuffs. Can anyone share experience where coming from a technical scientific background you slowly made your way to executive positions?