Josh Wolfe @wolfejosh VC, entrepreneur, fund manager @Lux_Capital; Chair @CiPrep Coney Island Prep; Trustee @SfiScience Santa Fe Inst; CoFounder of Carson, Quinn & Bodhi w/ @ltwolfe Apr. 20, 2018 1 min read

1/ I find most management books utter BS.

There is ONE model shared with me that I have liked a LOT first shared with me by a friend and CIO of a $30B+ firm.

2/ Tribal Leadership. You don't need to read the book.

The gist is this: there are a handful of TRIBES, each has a defining mantra...

3/ The worst (which account for ~2% of teams): says
"LIFE SUCKS". People are out for themeslves, hostile.

4/ The next which I think account for most workers in most office buildings, with no team loyalty or sense of meaning or purpose are apathetic, passive antagonistic victims.
"_MY_ LIFE SUCKS"

5/ The next tribe (better than prior but cancerous for teams):
"I'M GREAT, YOU'RE NOT" - these are teams w/ 1+ people who are not 'team players'; view credit + compensation as zero-sum; silo information; ego-driven, critical self-aggrandizing + stimulate alliances against them

6/ The last tribe are most hedge funds, law firms, small transient partnerships, poorly performing star-driven sport teams. The next tribe:
"WE'RE GREAT, THEY'RE NOT"
The bigger the outside competitor, the greater the camaraderie + stronger the team--BUT extrinsically motivated

7/ The final tribe: "LIFE IS GREAT". Here the team is focused not on extrinsic competitor but intrinsic mission

I'm a bit skeptical of this one--it's not clear if teams feel this way + create success OR success creates the feeling

i think high tides induce innocent wonderment!

8/ If you can get up the scale somewhere between...

"WE'RE GREAT, THEY'RE NOT" (a competitive, tightly unified + allied team)
+
"LIFE IS GREAT" (a mission-driven team confident or aloof to competition)

...it's a real sweetspot.


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