For us, performance is all about reaching ambitious goals and finding a cultural fit. We are a professional sport team not a family, so we are sometimes obliged to let people go. Our philosophy is to always be fair with people. When the time comes to fire someone, we want no surprises on either side. It’s not personal, it’s strictly about the fit between a person and our current organization. If the hard skills are average, we usually run a performance improvement plan, to see if the employee can go back on track in three weeks. If the cultural fit (motivation, fit to Doctrine’s values, behaviour) isn’t good we will ask you to leave immediately. We don’t lie to people, and we don’t tolerate high-performing assholes. We have a good severance package, and every employee who leaves has an exit interview conducted by …
The innovator’s dilemma suggests that every successful disrupter will ultimately be disrupted. This is because once the disruptor becomes an incumbent, they face a catch 22. If they decide to go after the new entrant their economics get killed and their stock price collapses. Alternatively, if they don’t go after the new entrant, the new entrant will capture market share and ultimately overtake the incumbent. From the incumbent perspective it’s a lose-lose. The only favorable solution for the incumbent is to acquire the disruptor or push for regulatory interference if operating in a regulated industry.
we are, in 2019, …ol. Is there truly anything more ridiculous to hear someone pronounce than “I, too, am contrarian?” But here we are, in 2019, and that’s basically the discourse at this point: Tech Twitter taking their turn gingerly stepping to the microphone in order to announce their great, heretical, forbidden idea, then nervously looking from side to side to see whether or not their tweet is doing numbers.
phrase we use is “to be contrarian”, rather t…ill to swallow, because if we’re being honest, independent thoughts aren’t what we’re really after. What’s truly fashionable in Silicon Valley today isn’t having contrarian ideas; it’s to be contrarian as an identity. It’s pretty revealing that the phrase we use is “to be contrarian”, rather than “to think contrarily”. That says it all, really.