A few months ago Brad Feld gave me a piece of advice that really changed how I look at things. I was having a very difficult time hiring new people and it was hurting NYC Dev Shop and NY Tech Day. Brad told me that when reviewing candidates I should plot them on a chart the X-Axis as skill-set and…
I enjoyed reading this short note ”Lies that Loser Tell”, from Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz). It reminds me of experiences I had as a member of an executive team who was beginning to lose the major battles.
As a member of a team I found it frustrating to have a leader overreact on the smallest positive sign and even worse…not react at all on the negative. Nothing shakes the confidence you have in a leader or the strength of the company when your leader begins to tell lies either with their actions or their mouth. The people that matter the most and who are the ones who can most likely help need honesty - words and actions.
Dr. Warren Bennis said, “The primary task of a leader is to define reality”. (see his interview with @jason here - quote is at about 22:00). I really like this message from Bennis. Reality becomes fantasy when the lies fly. You can only accurately define reality by being honest.