As I developed as a CEO, I found two key techniques to be extremely useful in minimizing politics.
1. Hire people with the right kind of ambition—The surest way to turn your company into the political equivalent of the US Senate is to hire people with the wrong kind of ambition. As defined by Andy Grove, the right kind of ambition is ambition for the company’s success with the executive’s own success only coming as a by-product of the company’s victory. The wrong kind of ambition is ambition for the executive’s personal success regardless of the company’s outcome.
2. Build strict processes...
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