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Claire Hughes Johnson

Tactics for Management and Company Building

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    Being a principled leader

    Effective, trust-building leadership starts from within. Before seeking to guide others, it’s important to go inward to understand what might unconsciously be shaping your management approach. There are four principles that can be your compass when it comes to fostering trust within your team.

    First up? Building self-awareness. If leadership is a house, self-awareness is your foundation, so you want to be sure it’s solid! That means knowing your values and how they shape your approach to management. It also means taking a moment to identify your work style preferences. Are you an analyzer – someone who’s introverted and brings meticulous attention to detail? Or are you a director – an extrovert with a task-oriented approach who excels by providing a clear direction? Promoters are also extroverted, skilled in building connections and driving enthusiasm. And then there are collaborators: introverted, people-oriented leaders who foster deep connections and value teamwork. Knowing your predominant style offers a strategic roadmap for your leadership journey.

    Next, let's shift to the second principle – knowing when to speak up. Ever felt tension because of something that’s not being said out loud? Address it head-on. Share your feelings in a careful, responsible way. When addressing someone's actions, focus on the deed – not personal judgments. In other words, it's not about who they are but what they did. This principle fosters open communication, ensuring your team feels heard and understood.

    The third principle of leadership is knowing the difference between leaders and managers. Leaders inspire with vision, while managers focus on human-centric goals and progress. It's not an either-or situation; it’s about finding the balance. Blend vision seamlessly with day-to-day tasks, creating an environment that drives inspiration and progress hand in hand.

    The fourth and final principle is returning to your operating system. This is the core framework of how your company operates – the documents and processes that allow you to lead with objectivity and consistency. Keep checking in with this system to ensure you stay aligned as you scale.

    Use these principles to define your values and tendencies, and you’ll be able to lead with authenticity and self-awareness. Now that you know what it takes to be a good leader, we’ll spend the rest of the Blink looking at four essential frameworks that’ll enable you to operate your business and create scalability.

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    What is Scaling People about?

    Scaling People (2023) offers practical leadership and management advice for founders and executives creating high-growth startups. Drawing on the author’s experience leading operations and people at top technology companies, it guides companies in building the systems needed to scale their most valuable asset – their people.

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    Scaling People (2021) dives into the strategies and practices for building high-performing teams in fast-growing organizations. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It provides a detailed roadmap for leaders to develop and scale their people effectively, ensuring long-term success for the organization.
    • With real-world examples and case studies, it offers practical insights into the challenges and solutions faced by leaders in scaling teams.
    • The author's experiences and expertise in leading large-scale teams bring credibility and depth to the book's content, making it engaging and relevant.

    Who should read Scaling People?

    • Founders and executives
    • Leaders seeking company growth
    • Entrepreneurs looking to scale their startups

    About the Author

    Claire Hughes Johnson is an expert in driving corporate growth and operations. At Stripe, she served as COO from 2014-2021 during a period of tremendous scaling. She also held VP roles at Google, overseeing aspects of Gmail, Google Apps, AdWords, and self-driving cars. Johnson is currently a corporate officer and advisor for Stripe in addition to serving on the boards of Ameresco, Aurora, HubSpot, and the Atlantic.

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    Scaling People is a valuable read for anyone interested in team management. It offers practical insights and actionable strategies.

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