Move fast and break things

There are 2 essential pieces to the hacker ethos made popular by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

1. It requires people who are willing to experiment and fail. That doesn’t come easy and it doesn’t work for a lot of people.

2. But, more importantly, it requires leaders and managers who are willing to let go and let their people learn and grow

The toughest part about allowing people to moving fast and breaking things is that things actually do break. And, that is one of the biggest tests you face as a manager. It is far easier to do things yourself and not delegate. However, you will also get very little done in the long run as that approach isn’t scale-able.

It is impossible to learn without experimentation. And, it is impossible to experiment without failures. Embracing experimentation, therefore, isn’t a choice. It is a requirement. The world is a better place when we embrace “this might not work.”

After all, nothing ventured => nothing gained.

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