20 IT gotchas: how to avoid these common big blunders

Beware these all-too-frequent IT mistakes before they derail your career

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5. Promoting the wrong people


Rewarding your top technical talent with a promotion into management might seem like the right thing to do, but when that IT pro is not ready to give up constant, hands-on technology work in favor of more people-oriented management duties, it can be a mistake you'll regret on many levels. Resentment from former peers, the challenges of new management duties, or a found distaste for the new role all could lead to poor performance. Worse, the new manager might feel compelled to cling to the ill-fitting position because the old position might no longer be available.

Management training can help avoid such disasters. But use your gut. Either the aptitude is there, or it isn't.

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