Social Leverage Letter | Issue #21

When Cultures Break Down, Leading with Intention, Changing Course when You're Wrong, and the Power of Progressive Iteration

Pete Weishaupt
January 23, 2022

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READING

MIT Sloan takes a look at why company cultures break down and what to do about it. You might think your company isn't large enough to have culture issues yet, but it's never too early to get a head start on making sure your company won't go down the wrong path.

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton inspired his team though a clear purpose, by fostering commitment, by pivoting when necessary, and by making difficult decisions.

LISTENING

Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman discusses taking ownership, increasing velocity, and cultivating talent. When it comes to leadership, intellectual honesty is required. A copy-paste strategy from previous roles is unacceptable. You need to develop deep conviction, while maintaining humility to course correct when you're wrong.

WATCHING

Garry Tan takes a look at making the impossible possible by imparting lessons from the Wright brothers’ quest to push humanity forward into the age of aviation. We can learn a lot about progressive iteration and pushing through when nobody thinks you can do it, and there’s a universe of haters aligned against you. 

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