Don't push information to authority! Instead, push authority to information!

There is a saying in military circles that goes something like this: “Once you become a one star general, you’ll never again have a bad meal, and you’ll never again hear the truth” 🙂

As Russell Ackoff put it, “The lower the rank of managers, the more they know about fewer things. The higher the rank of managers, the less they know about many things.”

Watch Steve Jobs talk about his management style and how he (& his exec team) only has to make about 25 decisions in a year:

Leaders need a lot of free time to think deeply & read/learn. Warren Buffett estimates that 80 percent of his working hours are spent reading or thinking.

That is absolutely worth it - leaders have to make the right bets about the future and steer the company in the right direction. Going back to what Ackoff said, “The higher their rank, the less managers perceive a need for continuing education, but the greater their need for it.”

High performance and scalable organizations are built with trust and autonomy to every individual contributor, not with top-down command-and-control.

As the saying goes, “Don’t push information to authority. Instead, push authority to information!”. As we all know, good context is important for good decision making.

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