Manager 3.0: A Millennial's Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management

By Brad Karsh; Courtney Templin | Go to book overview

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NAVIGATE: MANAGING
THROUGH THE UNKNOWN

Twenty years from now you will more be disappointed by the things
you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover
.

—Mark Twain

Think of a few of our great navigators. There was Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea, who navigated their way down the mighty Mississippi River. Then, there was the fearless Jessica Watson, who at the age of 16 became the youngest person to circumnavigate the world—solo, unassisted, and nonstop. Finally, there is Bear Grylls, who navigates the wild, wild, wilderness. We could also mention Ferdinand Magellan and Christopher Columbus, as the foremost examples of the great explorers. What words come to mind when thinking about these great navigators and explorers? Daring, brave, determined, hopeful, stupid?

When you’re “navigating,” there is always an element of unknown. The unknown makes it exciting—yet scary. As a millennial manager, you have to navigate quite a few things—changes in business needs, personality style of your team members, ups and downs of work flow, and much, much more. I am sure you have seen that the workday and workflow are always dynamic and changing. If only you could know exactly what to do all the time!

Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx and the youngest self-made female to join the Forbes Billionaire Club, hit a lot of unknowns as an entrepreneur, and she offers, “Embrace what you don’t know, especially

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