First. I love my job. I adore it. I look forward to every day of work, and I leave work satisfied that I've done a good job. It's busy, challenging, technical, and intricate. Pretty much, I'm in IT, but I do mainly problem solving of existing system issues, brainstorming for changes to increase efficiency and qualify, and testing for those changes to see if I can break it or uncover hidden issues. I love it. I have a review coming soon, and one of the things hinted is questioning if I would like to move to more a management type position - team leader or similar. The thing is, I DON'T. I don't want to manage PEOPLE. I don't delegate well, I don't care for meetings, I don't want to deal with the whole social aspect of people (I'm an Aspie and it just doesn't come natural). This has come up previously when I was at a different position in the company - I "fixed" that by moving into my current position, which is a great fit for me. However, I don't know how to put it nicely that I don't have any care for moving up the management chain. I'd rather move up the technical chain (I'm currently at the lowest level for my position, two more levels are available, plus the salary increases with each.) I think they assume that if you do a good job, it's a given that you want to move up....to management. The company I work for is VERY big on promoting within, all of the lower and mid level management started off entry level, and a majority of upper management has been the same. I don't want to offend or hurt my chances within the company, but I don't know how to tactically say I don't have any interest in management! Give me a cube and a few computers, and let me rip through the systems, make me a go-to person for problems, but please, don't make me a manager. I don't want to be a people person. Gah!