I have a few “book” mentors. They are the leaders that I admire and they wrote books to share their wisdoms. One of them is Louis Gerstner. He was a former CEO of IBM who turned IBM around. When he took over the role, he shared his management principles with his executive team. I want to share some of them that I strictly follow until today.
- I manage by principle, not procedure.
- The marketplace dictates everything we do.
- I look for people who work to solve problems and help colleagues. I sake politicians.
- I am heavily involved in strategy. The rest is yours to implement.
- Move fast. If we make mistakes, let them be because we are too fast, rather than too slow.
- Hierarchy means little to me. Let put together in meetings the people who can help solve a problem, regardless of position. No committee decision making.
One of his quotes that I like is…
Watch the turtle. He only moves forward by sticking his neck out.Louis Gerstner
I put my neck out there all the times. It would be chopped off one day.