that happens. Sometimes a change by itself can ward off problems. IF I'M A YOUNG TECH LEADER, WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO IMPROVE MY MANAGEMENT SKILLS? Read a good book about Lean management and think about the leadership principles in that book. Play football, play rugby, or any team sport. Or spend ten years as a Royal Dutch Marine officer - that's what I did! That taught me exactly what leadership is all about. You also need to be very involved. A manager who is not part of the value stream - where is his value? ARE YOU REALLY READY TO OPEN UP TO OTHERS - TO YOUR PEOPLE, TO YOUR EMPLOYEES, TO SOURCING PARTNERS - TO SEE IF THEY CAN HELP YOU INNOVATE? WHAT ARE SOME GOOD SIGNS YOU'RE IN THE RIGHT LINE OF WORK? First, you find it fun! You like change, and you aren't afraid of the pace of change. If you like change, IT is the place to be. And if you want to be a leader who has an impact, digital transformation is the biggest opportunity around. If you look at the success stories - of which there are not many - the tipping point is leadership.