The Problem: The last 72% of your book may as well be blank pages.
We're coming into 2022 swinging for the fences! This episode we talk about the paradox of authority. Does your job title of Big Fancy Bossman actually enable you to get your way? What are the trade-offs of a directive management style? When should you shut up and let things be, even if you can see someone is about to make a massive mistake?
Plus, a heck of a lot of book recommendations this episode - when the covers are pretty, the titles make you sound smart, and your Kindle has some storage space left, what do you have to lose?
- The First 90 Days - Michael Watkins — "Conventional wisdom says the higher you go the easier it is to get things done. Not necessarily, paradoxically. When you get promoted, positional authority often becomes less important for pushing agendas forwards. You may indeed gain increased scope to influence decisions that affect the business, but the way you need to engage can be quite different. Decision making becomes more political, less about authority and more about influence."
- The SRE Book - Error Budgets
- Consensus Protocol - Wikipedia
- Empowered - Marty Cagan
- Inspired - Marty Cagan