Authority and authorship

Are you happy about your promotion? Yes, it’s me now giving the orders!

I overheard people talking at a ramen bar.

Orders are not as strong as decisions. Most of the time, the ship captain doesn’t even need to give orders. While the tight team develops a sailing style and executes, the captain is focused on the route and core, hard decisions.

When push comes to shove, the captain is the last one to abandon the vessel. That agreement is also a strong decision that builds tacit authority from the get go.

But authorship is always more interesting than authority.

We don’t need to build the ship to have authorship. We need to look forward to raising our hand when they ask us who made that decision.

See, repeated and consistent authorship generates authority, in the long run. So, seeking to make decisions is safer than seeking to give orders.

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