Re: Do Career Plans for Developers Actually Damage an Organisation?
Posted: Jun 3, 2010 8:51 PM
> > It sounds like your father is a *great* manager. Would
> > do "career path development" to his folks?
> I'm going to assume you are sincere but I don't know about
Will an online affirmation do? :-)
> I could ask him.
Well, that would be nice. There aren't that many external sources of common sense. It seems you've got one.
I think a good manager wouldn't cause the described "feeling of extreme discomfort", at least, not intentionally. Here is the original question:
"The HR person making the presentation talked in an excited manner about the importance of career planning, indeed making it sound like a major personal disappointment as well as an organisational transgression if people didn't formally plan their career. It sounded a bit like one of those political Progress is good, surely you're not against Progress? speeches.
I was trying to work out why this all made me feel extremely uncomfortable, with nearly thirty years behind me and at least another twenty to go, I suppose I should regard myself as mid-career. Is there a stigma if I say no, I don't want to set career goals?"
If it did occur by accident, the natural reaction of a good manager would be fixing the damage as soon as possible. In that case it could be getting the team together to say "Guys, I screwed up, won't happen again". Apparently, it didn't, and is not going to. Hence, Andy's situation is doomed there.
To me, the only way Andy can fix it is to find a new place, where here can do his best as an engineer while his manager is making sure that there is nothing in Andy's way.