How to be an effective manager?


Jim O'Shaughnessy, in a conversation with Shreyas Doshi, discussed the importance of understanding biases and how the world operates to be an effective manager. They highlighted two key points:

  1. First Impressions: It is wise not to form fixed impressions of people based on initial interactions. While creating a good first impression is crucial, one should also avoid making quick judgments about others based solely on the first few seconds of meeting them.

  2. Great Managers: To build a successful career, it is often advised to seek a great manager. Conversely, if you are in a managerial position, strive to be a great manager yourself. This not only attracts talented individuals to work for you but also sets a solid foundation for their career development. This involves understanding how to make learning engaging and effective for your team without solely relying on entertainment tactics.

These insights stress the balance between perceiving and incorporating the realities of human interactions while fostering an engaging and supportive environment for your team 1 .

Antithesis Principle

Shreyas and Jim discuss the antithesis principle, where they highlight the importance of not forming fixed impressions of people based on the first 7 seconds, not being the kind of person who can only learn from entertaining content, and being a great manager to set the foundation for a good career. They emphasize the need to recognize biases and accept certain truths about the world to be effective.

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Ep.118 — Shreyas Doshi — Making of a Great Leader