A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

The fundamental premise is that he realized that when people come to you for orders, or ask your permission to do something, they don’t bring any of their own responsibility to the request. They’re asking you if they can xyz. That puts it on you. They don’t have to fully consider their ask because they still need you to OK it. You’re their door stop just in case. So it’s not about them and what they want to do, it’s about what you are OK with them doing. And even if you OK it, it only happened because you said it could happen. That creates too many dependencies, and — like Marquet — I believe people and teams within an organization should be able to move independently of one another. Fewer dependencies, not more.

"Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders" is a great book on creating leaders in your organization and creating organizations that scale. The Signal v. Noise blog post linked above provides a perfect summary of the book.

Wednesday, November 1 2017