Unintuitive Things I’ve Learned about Management (Part 2)

Julie Zhuo
Apr 14, 2016 · 13 min read

5. Aligning on why is more important than aligning on how.

What I’m starting to gain a greater appreciation for is that the best results are achieved not by talking about the how, but by talking about the why.

When you spend time talking about the why, once is not enough. Twice isn’t either.

6. Sometimes, a great person will not work out on a great team, and that is okay.

Call it what you want — fit, chemistry, harmony — but the thing a person cares about most must also be something their team (and company) cares about.

7. You never regret moving a struggling person too soon. You only regret doing it too late.

It turns out, there are three main reasons why someone is not working out on a team: they are unaware their behavior is an issue, they don’t have the right skills, or their values aren’t meshing with the values of their environment (see #6 above).

8. Your team should respect you. But you don’t need them to agree with everything you say or do.



The Year of the Looking Glass

A collection of essays by Julie Zhuo on design, building products, and observing life.

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Product design VP @ Facebook. Author of The Making of a Manager https://amzn.to/2PRwCyW. Find me @joulee. I love people, words, and food.

The Year of the Looking Glass

A collection of essays by Julie Zhuo on design, building products, and observing life.