Molly Graham has seen scale in her time at Google, Facebook and Lambda School. She also has strong social media game and last week wrote this post about guides and learners
. Here’s my favorite part:
Having a strong leadership team filled with folks who have seen this rodeo before is literally the single best and most important thing you can do to set your company up to scale well.
I call these leaders — the ones who have scaled something before and can see around the corners that are coming — “guides” as opposed to folks who are doing it for the first time who I call “learners.”
Let me just be very direct: you cannot scale well with a leadership team made up entirely of learners. Full stop. You absolutely can pick a few learner leaders to invest in, but if you are a learner CEO, then you need a leadership team filled mostly with guides.