Hey leadership friends out there — Rui Peres did a great job breaking down his experience being an engineering manager of 10 people in 2017 and how it impacted him as a professional.
My negotiation skills also improved. I used to start a conversation with “no”, now I make a conscious effort to say “no, but” and present alternatives. Thanks to a fellow engineering manager, I learned to make the distinction between what needs to be built and when it needs to be done (big difference). This innocuous detail helps me have better judgement of a situation.