A friend of mine from work pointed me to a fascinating blog post about the complexity of turning a happy, productive, introverted programmer (which probably encompasses about 90% of programmers that I've ever met) into a slightly less happy, probably much less productive, begrudgingly sort of extroverted manager and back and forth and back.
The concept of a highly valued individual contributor is one that is hard to implement and reward I've learned. I love the way he describes part of that dilemma:
Some people are naturally wide, some people are naturally deep. But the assumption is, in most business contexts, that you can — and should want to — jump between the two as the need or situation dictates. But this is a load of crap
One of the many things I love about the blogosphere is that any one of us can come up with something that is insightful and meaningful. It often depends on the frame of reference of the reader.
Working amongst a large group of programmers this post hits it right on the head and I love it when writings like this one find me.