Hello there manager! If you have already listened to the episode, thank you. I wonder what questions you are asking yourself as a result. If you haven’t yet listened, enjoy!
Either way, here are my three favorite nuggets from this episode.
1. We exist in a space and time that calls for bold decisions. Those who realize this earlier and embrace it are better off
East African managers are faced with a unique set of challenges and opportunities. You exist in a moment in time where the direction of your company or your department depends on the smallest decisions - from decisions on how you relate to your employees to decisions on how to budget allocation. Are you confident to make strategically sound decisions? Are you unafraid of taking risks in order to innovate? It isn’t easy and there isn’t a formula to navigate all this. However, we can learn and learn to make smarter decisions.
2. Unlearning is just as important as learning
Managers are easy prey to falling back on the old comforting excuse that “I know this, I’ve been through this before. All these years of experience are what got me here anyway.” Admittedly, there is a tremendous amount of comfort in approaching the unknown with a sense of control that comes from a robust library of experiences. Add on to that the fact that we’re living through a time that information is king--the more you know, the better off you are.
Though this is true to a large extent, I think unlearning habits, ideas, assumptions, and approaches is just as important as learning new information. Afterall, we are becoming increasingly faced with novel problems, novel information and technology. More often than not, I’ve observed that using what we know to solve unfamiliar problems isn’t as effective as considering new approaches altogether.
3. What are you committing to as a manager? What do you want your legacy to be?
At the core of Daniel's story is a commitment to leave his signature to every project he takes on - a signature of work well done and problem cleverly solved. I think this is a useful way to look at managerial careers. Impact is what matters. Beginning at the end of this tunnel by asking “what do I want my impact to be?” allows for a better guided career because every choice and decision will have to answer to whether or not it aligns to the desired impact.