Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Entrepreneur Derek Sivers explains why
he cut a couple of chapters out of a book. By his description,
they sounded interesting, but he seems to have realized that his motive for
writing them -- to vent -- was wrong. He also further realized the
- I let the culture of the company get corrupted.
- I ignored problems instead of nipping them in the bud.
- I was aloof and away instead of managing or training managers.
- I confused everyone by sharing my daily thoughts before they had cemented into decisions.
- I announced decisions, then assumed they were being done, without following-up to ensure.
- I whimsically delegated to the wrong people, avoiding the mental work of choosing wisely.
- (I could list another 20 of these, but you get the idea.)
Sivers calls his mantra "empowering" and, it certainly is. One either leaves better able to avoid repeating a mistake or better knowing that he really did do his best.