Harper Reed’s website reads: “I am an engineer who builds paradigm-shifting technology and leads others to do the same. I love using the enormity of the internet to bring people together.” Surely he must be, as his website continues, “probably one of the coolest guys ever.”
The CTO of Threadless got involved as the CTO for Obama for America, and he fancied himself a pretty great leader by that point in his life. However, being a great leader doesn’t mean you are excused from learning new lessons.
During his stint with the Obama Campaign, Reed recognized that he needed to learn how to trust his employees. This became especially important when he had no time to micro-manage millions of volunteers.
And just as Reed learned a few key lessons with the Obama campaign, so too can we learn a few things from him. If we can ensure we’re metrics-driven, actually listen to our employees, and not do tech only for tech’s sake, we can affect big-time innovation just like the folks at Obama for America.
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