In the 5th segment of our final panel at the Mix n' Mentor event in Dubai this November, investor Joi Ito discssues the parallels between leadership in real life and leadership in games, explaining how gamers make great managers, because they understand how to assemble teams, go on raids to achieve goals, and keep up morale.
Researcher John Seely Brown even recently asserted that he'd rather hire a high-level World of Warcraft player than an MBA from Harvard, Ito points out. Culture is far more important than strategy, he says, when it comes to managing larger groups of people and empowering employees.
Angel investor and Aramex CEO Fadi Ghandour also explains why companies should think in teams, and consider leadership interchangeable, while maintaining good strategy and excellent customer service.
"Don't ever think of structures, because they're going to delay you," he says. "You're going to have to be fluid, you're going to have to be agile, and you're going to have to be interchangeable in your capabilities."
Want more tips from our Mix N' Mentor panel? Check out what our panelists had to say about:
- Agility, Focus and the Power of Pull: Tips from Fadi Ghandour and Joi Ito
- Why Entrepreneurs Don't Need MBAs to Succeed
- How the Private Sector Can Support Startups
- Entering the Saudi Market, and Global Trends for 2013
- Hiring and Scaling a Startup Culture
- Why Startups Should Support Sustainability
- Tips from Fadi Ghandour on Bootstrapping