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What do executives do, anyway? - apenwarr

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I’ve had Andy Grove’s High Output Management on my book list for a while but I haven’t yet read it. This article is an interesting summarization of part of it.

To paraphrase the book, the job of an executive is: to define and enforce culture and values for their whole organization, and to ratify good decisions.

That’s all.

Not to decide. Not to break ties. Not to set strategy. Not to be the expert on every, or any topic. Just to sit in the room while the right people make good decisions in alignment with their values. And if they do, to endorse it. And if they don’t, to send them back to try again.

There’s even an algorithm for this.

Good writeup, and the epilogue, doubilogue, all the way to quadrilogue are good too.

Posted on October 3, 2019

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