Day 99 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Superstars

After one stint in a leadership development program at a job, I’ve avoided leadership positions. Yes, I served as ancillary officers in organizations, mainly secretary, but I avoided an official leadership title.

This means that if I want to reach the goals I have for my writing, I get to develop an entire new skill set – leading and managing people because I won’t be able to do this alone. Eventually, I’ll need a team even if that team comprises of a list of editors and cover artists for my books and an assistant to handle administrative tasks so I can concentrate on writing. Writing and telling my stories, after all, are the things that no one can do better than me.

Because I’m on LinkedIn, I see all the advice given to managers and they all hinge on assuming the manager is competent. One of the things I keep hearing is to hire people who excel at the things that you don’t. I’ve been that hire. And I’ve also left those jobs.

What I haven’t seen is the question – why would a superstar who is on the top of their game, who can work for anyone…why would they work for you? They’re good. They have options. What are you, the manager, the leader, giving them? Is it work-life balance? Is it that you pay on time? Is it that you let them take vacation anytime they want? Do you have a compelling mission?

As a manager, you’ve seen what sets them apart, but when they’re choosing who to put on their schedule, what makes them want to work for you?

Something to think about as I move forward.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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As of Day 99, – 4/8/24

# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Year Goal

174,317/ 200,376 / 740,784

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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