Excellent. As we only have one fulltime computer/web person (me) and for now just a part-time assistant, my role as far as decision-making for the department does not change at all. The only change will be that I'll have a team of half a person (for now, but eventually 3 people). We've got disconnects between management and junior staff right now, so I definitely want to try to create a more teamlike atmosphere for my department, where they know I'm there to troubleshoot and code and get my hands dirty with them even though I'm the one assigning tasks and running the department's budget.
>I don't envy the move to a "director" position for these reasons; while it's an interesting career move, you really do have to set yourself apart through dress and
>behavior. Your peers will become the other directors, not the team you're managing, and you need to come across as competent in their eyes, too.
Luckily, I've worked here for 6 years and have proved my abilities (and bailed them out of enough situations) to have earned that level of respect among my fellow directors. But making the geekiness more subtle is a good substitute.
>Whatever you decide to do, take care of your new team and be a good boss. That's more important than clothes.
Excellent point. Thanks!