Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, best-selling author and speaker. He has written 19 best-selling books including classics such as The Dip, Linchpin and Tribes. He has also inspired numerous people around the world via his talks on marketing and effective leadership.
A few weeks ago, I attended a workshop by Seth Godin in which he talked about management and leadership. I got a chance to ask him a question about that during the workshop.
I share my thoughts on why learning management skills is important for SaaS founders, and why you still need to learn how to be an effective manager, even if you hate delegating and would much rather do everything yourself to avoid the energy draining activities of assigning tasks and managing your employees.
And Seth Godin answers my question about how can we find employees who we don’t need to manage.
[1.09] – Seth Godin differentiates between management and leadership.
Managers work to get their employees to do what they did yesterday a little bit faster and cheaper.
Leaders know where they would like to go, they understand that they cannot get there without their team to make something happen.
[2.07] – I share my thoughts on why you can’t do everything alone.
You cannot grow past a certain stage by yourself. There are so many strategic things you need to work and it won’t be wise for you to spend your time on things you can get someone to do for $10 an hour if you learn how to delegate properly.
When you are on a bootstrap budget in most cases you can’t afford to hire people who you don’t need to manage because those people are really expensive.
So I think you need to learn how to become a good manager and with time you will learn how to be a leader.
[4.16] – Seth answers my question on how to find people you don’t need to manage?
He says that when he talks about people managing themselves, he is not saying he wants people to do what he wants them to do without saying anything.
He is talking about giving people around you the authority, the leverage and the space to do something you wouldn’t have done.
It’s not that they need to read your mind, but that they are actually in charge and when they have a question, they should ask. When they don’t have a question, they should do something.
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