This may be a bit abstract, but I love the title, and it’s a great read.
“…the majority of people in our world say and do what they do from their own set of fears, conclusions, defenses and attempts to survive. Most of it, even when aimed directly at us, has nothing to do with us”
Tough love from A16Z. Yes, we should give people the benefit of the doubt. But we almost always, at least early in our careers, overdo it.
“So what do you do when you start getting this pit in your stomach that the senior executive you had so much hope for — that was going to take your darling, ambitious, visionary startup to the next level — might not be doing, well, exactly that?
Don’t know if I agree with the title (OK, let’s be honest, I don’t). But I do like the emphasis on not burying the instincts and intuition that got your company (or team) started as it scales to “grown up size”.
A short rant (not by me) about the implications of the “communication is hard” story above.
“Listening is magic: it turns a person from an object outside, opaque or dimly threatening, into an intimate experience, and therefore into a friend" Norman Fischer (I’ve quoted this before, but it’s great, so…)
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