Jason Fried

Jason Fried quotes on leadership

Founder & CEO at Basecamp. Non-serial entrepreneur. Co-author of Getting Real, REWORK, Remote, and “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”.

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If your company requires you to work nights and weekends, your company is broken. This is a managerial problem, not your problem. This is a process problem, not a personal problem. This is an ownership problem, not an individual problem.


Managers… I understand the temptation to want to track your employees’ every moment while they’re newly WFH, but I implore you to trust them to do the right thing rather than assume they’re taking advantage of the situation. Don’t look over their digital shoulder.


A manager’s top responsibility is to shield all the bullshit that happens at work from the people that need to do the work. Managers should be making sure each person on their team gets as close to a full eight hour day to themselves as possible…


Best way to run a bunch of stuff? Don’t put yourself in charge of everything.


The higher up you go in an organization, the less you actually know about how the organization *actually* runs. And the CEO is always the last to know.


Excellence is not just found at the top. You can be excellent at many different levels. An excellent beginner is a great place to start.


Organizational complexity is not something that happens. It’s a choice.


In the world of feedback, friendly feedback and honest feedback aren’t even in the same universe. Be one who gives it straight.

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