Subject: Leadership
From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2001 09:35:47 -0800 (PST)

I got this in private email, but I'll respond publically because it gives me an
opportunity to pontificate. And you know how much I love to do that.

> Now, Andrew, I know you run your own company. Given that you are apparently
> leading your troops (presumably well, by your lights), can you share your
> ideas
> on what is is to actually LEAD people, especially techcommies?

Okay here's some basic thoughts...

- Lead by example. A good manager can lead people through demonstrating his/her
own mastery of writing.

- Be a problem solver not a blame freak.

- Be willing to step in and take on any job, regardless of how small or

- Practice Roman Law not English law. Lead through ideals not through
restriction and rules.

- Focus on results. At the expense of procedure if necessary.

- Mistakes are an opportunity to learn.

- Punish in private, praise in public.

- Clarify and publicize your expectations.

- Encourage others to comment on your management.

- Rule with an open hand.

- Employees are innocent until proven guilty.

- Rise above personality and emotional attachments. Lead from your mind and
your guts, not your heart.

- Embrace a fluid team environment that changes and moves regularly.

- Earn trust, respect, and authority - don't expect it.

- Don't obsess over the mundane.

- Be calm and take crisis in stride.

- Be confident in the face of trouble,

- Show courage and be willing to stand up for even the weakest member of the

- Respect your own ignorance. Show the team that you too have weakness and can
learn from them.

Well, that's my thoughts. I suppose I should go implement those brilliant
thoughts at work today rather than sitting here at home being a loaf. I have a
business plan to finish.

Andrew Plato

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