11:15 AM Saturday Room: 1401At your first job, you filled your shelves with obscure books
to impress your colleagues. As a first-time manager, you probably
tried to be a super hero to save a project but were confused when your
team seemed unhappy afterwards. In senior leadership, you probably
realized you needed to hire a team but regretted not spending more
time expanding upon your nine LinkedIn connections. As a VP, you were
probably surprised when you had to repeat a goal not once, not twice,
but fifty times before anyone took notice.
For six years, I chronicled my hundreds of mistakes co-founding Meebo.
I initially assumed that my faults were my own but after hiring folks
to fill my shoes, I realized that everyone weathers similar rites of
passage as we move from individual contributor, to manager, to senior
leadership. I've spent countless hours hand-illustrating the scenes
for this professional tell-all with the hope of helping others avoid
"I wish someone had told me that!" moments.