Execution is the only strategy the consumer sees.
Sometimes you have to jump in, make the decisions to the best of your knowledge and get on with it. Be clear on the destination but open to the path as the context changes. Too much planning can be a bad thing.
Excellent quote. Especially love the first line. We can have all the strategy meetings we want, but they only become effective when the customer sees or experiences them.
If you want people to make the same decisions that you would make, but in a more scalable way, you have to give them the same information you have.
Keith Rabois, as quoted in Joel from Buffer’s blogpost on transparency. I encourage you to read it. Great succinct article.
I find this quote interesting because it rings true to something I’ve seen in every business: all good founders/CEOs want their employees to make the best decisions, the decisions that are in the interest of their company. They want the company to grow and be successful. Yet, they often starve these same people from pieces of information that could guide them to making the best decisions. There is a iron gate around most company information which prevents others from becoming better employees. It’s fantastic that people like Keith and Joel realise this, and are actively engaging their employees, and writing about it so that others can do the same.
That architecture is all the stuff I spent ten years ranting on this blog about, but y’all don’t listen, so I’m just going to have to build company after company that runs my own wacky operating system, and eventually you’ll catch on. It’s OK to put people first. You don’t have to be a psychopath or work people to death or create heaps of messy code or work in noisy open offices.
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Remember that half of our (JSE) stock exchange has their primary listings overseas, so are priced offshore rather than in South Africa, if you look at it by free float market cap or if you look at the bulk of the revenues of ALSI fully listed companies those are generated offshore as well.
It’s at least a bit concerning when you realise that the majority of the JSE performance is not in any way due to true South African performance. What does this mean for us in 5 years?