Of Managers and Destiny

DHH writes:

As your company grows, it’s easy to think you need to hire managers.

If you want to grow and delegate successfully, there’s no way you can function without them. Right?

Wrong.

When you hire people who do nothing but manage, you implicitly say to the rest of your employees, “Don’t worry about the coordination or structure of your work—all these concerns now belong to the manager.”

When people don’t have to think about the totality of their work environment, because that’s now the manager’s job, they’re less engaged, less motivated and less efficient.

I agree.

You see, my team is made up of specialists who love what they do and who are competent to manage the minutiae and the mundane to the grand and the glorious.

We are all masters of our very own destiny – the only difference is that we’re simply coordinated.

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