I did a series of pieces last week – here’s one – on prospective Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera, looking at his leadership potential from the standpoint of the technology company he started.
This week, he peeled back the onion a little more via his blog, and I’m loving the reference he made to one of his favorite movie scenes – it’s from Office Space.
The blog post actually reveals some insight into Pera’s thinking about efficiency, management and cost control. An excerpt:
“One of my favorite movie scenes is from the comedy Office Space about the miserable culture of Initech, a software development company.
When the company brings in two so-called “efficiency experts” to restructure its operations, the experts start by interviewing each employee to determine who essentially needs to be replaced. One of their interviews focuses on Tom Smykowski, the long employed manager, who they expose as adding no value or even negative value to the company’s operations.
One of our earliest employees at Ubiquiti (and our head of hardware design) came up with a term I often use to describe these no value added positions. He calls them ‘impedances.’ And interestingly, they are everywhere.”
To read the rest, go here.