There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.
- Susan Cain
Ain’t that the truth.
Decay had begun to show in some HP offices. Mice skittered in the corridors. Spiders fell from cracked ceilings. As the company cut back on trash pickups, detritus piled up, and in one location workers took garbage home in their cars. Upon arrival, Apotheker was informed that HP was missing 85,000 chairs.
I’m a big believer in delegating, giving people lots of responsibility, maybe even more than they can handle. You don’t want a roster of order takers. Failing is OK. When you micromanage, you get people that don’t care.
Tumblr’s New EIC Talks About His Management Style
Chris Mohney, the new Editor in Chief of Tumblr, gives an interesting interview to Ad Week in which he’s asked about his leadership style. I like the answer he gives, quoted in full above, especially the last part about micromanagement:
When you micromanage, you get people that don’t care.