This is at least my third attempt over the past four years to start a blog (although admittedly my previous attempts were half-hearted). As I started tweeting more over the past year, I have quickly found myself constrained by the 140 character limit – yes I know, the reason my emails are long is because I always run out of time:-)
The most interesting part is that this time around, inspiration paid me a visit fairly quickly as I started to think of an appropriate name which would accurately encompass all the wisdom I am about to impart on the world.
So what is Lead, Not Manage all about? Reflecting back on my professional career and life, I have found that despite the different parts of the world, industries, companies and roles I lived in, there was one common principle that transcended everything and has guided me all along.
Now I am not, nor I pretend to be, a management guru, and many smarter people than me have written tons of books on this subject. In my simplistic definition
leadership = trust whereas management = control.
From a personal perspective, leadership is about giving people direction and trusting they will execute, recognizing that they may fail from time to time – as I reflect back in my own career, it was those times when I learned the most. Management is all about controlling and micro-managing people because you don’t trust them to deliver – interesting that the word ‘micro-leading’ does not exist in the English language. The black-and-white nature of these statements is intentional, I fully know that the real world is much more gray and nuanced, but you get the point.
The interesting extension of these principles is that they are equally important to how businesses are ran and not just how we conduct ourselves; after all, a corporation is just a collection of individuals.
Leadership is all about trusting that your employees will deliver on their promises, trusting the market that they will adopt your products and services, and trusting the financial markets that they will reward you for your success in the market.
This blog will therefore focus on the various facets of leadership, whether it is personal, product, service, innovation, or financial leadership.
The topics I will be covering will span the realm of the business world, and may cover enterprise and consumer technology innovation, the importance of user experience and the impending revolution of social media in business. I will try to draw on my personal experiences, and at times, draw parallels with industries and topics as seemingly disjointed as agriculture, aviation and sustainability.
I hope you will join me in this journey and help create a forum where we can have an open dialogue on what leadership really means and how to trust and let go.
Let the games begin!