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Can an IT Manager Still Be a Technical Whiz?

We recently received a letter from a reader requesting advice. The reader wrote: "How can I become a great manager and still be very technical in the IT field? My passion is being a network administrator, but managing is taking up a lot of my time. I am a manager for configuration and have my A+, Network +, and MCP, and in a few months I'll have my MCSE."

Do you have experiences to share or wisdom to impart that will help the reader? How do you maintain your technical edge when you have to give a portion of your time to managerial duties? How do you prevent your split in responsibilities from giving you a perpetual splitting headache? Write a comment and let us know how you would or already are solving this dilemma.

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