June 29: People That Scale
What it takes for people to scale at fast-growing companies.
Source: Pedro Franceschi (co-CEO of Brex)
Published: December 2021
People That Scale
Pedro is the founder and co-CEO of Brex, a FinTech unicorn founded in 2017. Excerpts of his thoughts about what it takes for people to scale at fast-growing companies:
Learning from good leaders is the safest path we know to become a better one. The hardest parts of a leader’s job can’t be learned by reading a book. You can read all day long about how to run a great meeting, but you only understand what it really means by watching a good leader do it.
The best CEOs I knew were very inspiring in company-wide events, but public speaking didn’t feel natural to me (i.e., in All Hands meetings). Writing is a more authentic communication method for who I am. This led me to start writing weekly emails and essays, which became an important part of how I lead.
Leaders spend their entire lives honing their intuitions like a sophisticated machine learning model, learning correlations between actions and outcomes that are not easily explainable but still very real. Dismissing your intuition is ignoring valuable data.
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