Cuban Philosophy

One of the things I like about Mark Cuban is his ability to simultaneously be almost ridiculously driven and yet not take himself particularly seriously. How’s this for a business philosophy:

Passion in business demands passion. A byproduct of passion is saying exactly how you feel in a way that you know will get someone̢۪s attention, and listening to exactly how someone else feels when they need to get your attention. All of this is my way of saying that I expect people who work for me to yell at me, and I expect them to know that at times I will do the same. If someone is pissed off, if they think I̢۪m doing something wrong, or the wrong way, and I̢۪m being too pigheaded to see it. Blast me.

I suspect this wouldn’t work well in most organizations. Still, it’s a rather refreshing attitude.

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.