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Task or Relationship focused?

Quick trick question:
Which is more important when running your team: being task focused or relationship focused?

Of course, you know they both matter. As a technical leader, you can’t afford to neglect either one.

But I sometimes didn’t balance very well, because I was better at one than the other. For example, I’m a ‘relationship’ guy. (You might have noticed that!)

I tend to prioritize my relationship building activities above task management activities. This might result in good team relationships and a broken development process.

Other leaders I know are task focused, spending time getting a process or task just right, but not building the relationships needed to get team buy-in. A great process that isn’t followed is useless.

I told you where I am on the spectrum: task <-> relationship.
Where are you?
Where do you want to be?


About Marcus Blankenship

Where other technical coaches focus on process or tools, I focus on the human aspects of your Programmer to Manager transition. I help you hire the right people, create the right culture, and setup the right process which achieves your goals. Managing your team isn't something you learned in college. In fact, my clients often tell me "I never prepared for this role, I always focused on doing the work". If you're ready to improve your leadership, process and team, find out how I can help you.

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