Butch Ward of Poynter wrote an excellent post posing an important question for editors to ask the journalists who work for you: What do you want to be someday?
Butch, one of the best teachers in the news business, said the question we’re often asked as kids — what do you want to be when you grow up? — remains an important question throughout our careers:
Good managers understand that dreams and ambitions don’t die once we land in the workplace. In fact, they know that taking an interest in their staff’s future can help build strong working relationships with them. Once I believe that you really care what I want to be someday, I’m much more likely to trust your advice, respond to your suggestions and take an interest in your needs.
I highly recommend Butch’s post and make it part of my series on advice for new Digital First editors.
Earlier posts with advice for editors
Here are topics I am planning on covering in this series (the order is uncertain). What other topics should I cover?
- Developing new leaders