Leading By Editing, Isn’t (and Why)


"Frequently, we find the role of managing described as “editing” or leading as “editor in chief”. This can seem like a good idea until you dive into it. The first time I faced this situation, early in my career, wasn’t as the manager but as someone trying to get an assignment done. I would come up with an approach, talk to my manager, then start over again or revisit the solution with yet another constraint I didn’t previously know about.

Every edit or iteration created more frustration, not more insight. Each interaction followed one of what would become familiar patterns...."


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