Phil Knight: “We have so much opportunity, but we’re having a terrible time getting managers who can seize the opportunities. We try people from the outside, but they fail, because our culture is so different.”Nike founder Phil Knight describing a learning moment in his memoir Shoe Dog.
Mr. Hayami: “See those bamboo trees up there?”
“Next year they will be one foot higher.”
I understood. When I returned… I tried hard to cultivate and grow the management team we had, slowly, with more patience, with an eye toward more training and more long-term planning. I took the wider, longer view. It worked.
Love this view of better results from growing leaders up from the people already around you, slowly and surely building a strong bench. Not simply expecting new faces to show up and solve everything.
Read my Goodreads review of Shoe Dog by Phil Knight of Nike (4 stars).