Who in EA enjoys managing people?

post by Milan_Griffes · 2019-04-10T23:49:16.862Z · EA · GW · 2 comments

This is a question post.



Sparked by this comment [EA(p) · GW(p)] over on the Longterm Future April 2019 grants thread:

This is combined with an environment that is starved on management capacity, and so has very little room to give people feedback on their plans and actions.

I feel like I don't have a very clear map of this space, and it seems like an important limiting factor for the community.


answer by Peter_Hurford · 2019-04-11T06:44:05.664Z · EA(p) · GW(p)


answer by IrenaK · 2019-04-11T08:12:55.580Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Me. But also a TON of people outside of the community. I have been a storng advocate for EA orgs hiring outside of the community for senior management roles.

answer by DonyChristie · 2019-04-13T01:16:19.000Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I enjoy organizing events and coordinating new online groups and projects, as well as coaching people, but am rather unskilled at these things at the moment. I expect management to ever-increasingly be an important hat of mine in my future. I would highly welcome marginal domain-specific mentorship here!

(coughcough, to the person reading this who knows something about these things) :)

answer by Sean_o_h · 2019-04-11T08:30:01.364Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I actively enjoy managing people, research teams, and operations teams. (It also feels like a particularly effective use of my time in terms of payoff).

answer by kbog · 2019-04-12T04:16:57.242Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I think I do.

answer by Brayden_McLean · 2019-04-14T06:49:07.971Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Me! (Data Scientists, Data Engineers, Machine Learning Engineers, Programs, and Products)

answer by Evan_Gaensbauer · 2019-04-21T05:29:30.672Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

FWIW, I would enjoy more opportunities to organize events and conferences, and manage operations teams.

answer by awhitney · 2019-04-13T04:27:03.484Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I love managing people! It's definitely one of the most fun ways I spend my time. Currently I'm a student government representative at my university and I oversee a team of 50 students in 9 different project teams.

Always looking for ways to improve, so if there are any more experienced managers out there, I'd love to chat!

answer by erikaalonso · 2019-04-23T00:23:51.605Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I actively enjoy managing people, although it has taken about a decade of experience to get to this point. I'm also good at it, which I think is very important as well.

answer by reallyeli · 2019-04-13T02:12:57.277Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I've done management (of software engineers in a startup) and decided to move away from it for now, but can see a future in which I do more of it.

answer by Khorton · 2019-04-11T07:42:39.627Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I enjoy managing at my policy job, and I'm actively working on growing that skill set, but I'm not sure how closely that aligns with your sub questions. I second the comment below - what kind of answer are you looking for?


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comment by Aidan O'Gara · 2019-04-11T05:45:06.722Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Could you clarify a bit what you mean by "who"? As in, are you looking for organizations, names of individuals, personality types, or backgrounds of people who'd be more interested in management, or something else?

comment by Evan_Gaensbauer · 2019-04-21T05:28:03.802Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

FWIW, I would enjoy more opportunities to organize events and conferences, and manage operations teams.