Software

Dial down that ego and start listening

It’s been a week of meetings. Including the social innovation summit and WherecampDC – fascinating meetings not just for their content but also their attendees. It’s important to manage both upwards and sideways. Forget upwards, and you find your freedom to move and innovate restricted by politics or resources. Forget sideways, and all your assumptions about hordes of talented willing workers will be a nice dream that never quite happened. It’s also important to see people as individuals, with human needs for belonging, reward, recognition. Forget that, and you’re heading for a world of trouble. Politics kicks in, and people come into altruistic spaces assuming that there will always be willing volunteers, and that their causes will be enough to draw them in. And then they get a huge wake-up call that anyone in the tech communities could have quietly warned them about. So. One message I took away from…