You cannot force commitment, what you can do…You nudge a little here, inspire a little there, and provide a role model. Your primary influence is the environment you create.
Actually, I think she has things backward. When we operate at social scale — embracing ideas that live in the spaces between us — we are thinking small, but that can have enormous consequences.
Think small, change big. Small is the new big.
Rumsfeld’s Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
(Via Wade Williams)
Success and Happiness - Quotes to Motivate Inspire & Live by (Daily Quotes)
(Via Ed Hernandez)
—Marketing executive quoted in Gerald Zaltman’s “Marketing Metaphoria: What Deep Metaphors Reveal About the Minds of Consumers”
there are many serious reasons I chose the title. The book is a direct challenge of our biggest assumptions about work:
- Can an organization be productive without email? WordPress.com claimed to be.
- What work traditions no longer serve us?
- Do we need dress codes? 9 to 5 working hours? Are hour long commutes worth it?
- Are teams and managers necessary? Why? Until I arrived, WordPress.com had neither.
- Can I, as a “management expert”, successfully manage a team again?
- What new fangled things are younger companies doing and do they matter?
- How much of my own advice from my books and this blog do I actually practice?
I think the business world takes itself far too seriously and it’s a problem. It’s only when we strip away some of our assumptions that we can figure out what works and why.
Being naked means you have nothing to hide. I did this project to challenge our biggest assumptions about work, management and what the future will be like.
—Jonathan Rosenberg ex SVP Products. Google. “42 Rules to Lead by from the Man Who Defined Google’s Product Strategy”