How The Magic Happens

Andre Briggs:

This is why is so hard to explain to outsiders what it is that I actually do sometimes. Sure, everyone on my team designs and develops but at the core we are constantly persuading with varying degrees of success.

via How The Magic Happens – FOR THE SAKE OF VANITY.

  • V So

    Yes, Horace. I just finished listening to your The World’s PIN Code. As always enjoyed every bit of the show. Your remarks on corporate politics of very large companies really struck a cord. The few huge companies that manage to harness the talents and continue to build amazing products are truly rare birds. To me that was the highlight of the podcast, and just when the show was winding to an end.

  • rational2

    In mud and large companies, lower level employees are asked to make themselves “visible”. That makes sense at some level because there are so many competing ideas and approaches, so everyone has to work hard to rise above the din and if they have something compelling to offer, they can create opportunities for themselves.

    Now the other side of the equation. Aren’t managers, particularly those that spend lot more time “managing” than “producing”, paid to be on the lookout for good ideas and people so they can effectively match corporate needs and requirements with appropriate ideas, people and procedures? It seems to me this is where most corporations break down and become mediocre over time as they grow in size. Most managers focus on pleasing their managers and lose sight of what it takes to make the corporation successful. That in turn leads them to equating visibility to salesmanship, so the lower level employees with the better ideas and producing capacity aren’t necessarily the ones picked for further grooming.

    Managers who don’t or can’t do the due diligence to identify compelling ideas and productive people lazily default to the most visible underlings. That’s how rot sets in. Once it sets in, good luck getting rid of that!