Go Shout at Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban is doling out business wisdom en passant on his site, and it’s better than most of what passes for same in antiseptic MBA programs:

I’m about as competitive as they come. I hate to lose in anything I do. I love to work with people who hate to lose. I want to be around people who get sick and cant sleep when things don’t go well. People who wont go to sleep until problems are solved. … Passion in business demands passion.

All of this is my way of saying that I expect people who work for me to yell at me, and I expect them to know that at times I will do the same. If someone is pissed off, if they think Im doing something wrong, or the wrong way, and Im being too pigheaded to see it. Blast me … I dont see decibels as a sign of disrespect. I see fear to communicate a needed message to me as a sign of disrespect.


  1. bill pocock says:

    Golden Words.
    The description is my unexpressed ideal. Structurally, it seems more an internal project or external market orientation than well-defined program process headspace.
    Nice to hear such sentiment, but I think it context specific. Hard to instil ‘win’ attitude (and “hate to lose”) with monotonous gluck of in-process-out faced by most office galley workers. Better luck with hiring practices than attitudinal change.
    Suddenly think of the movie ‘Brazil’ – with the bureaucrat (why not ‘MBA guy’) who imagines himself soaring with wings above all the scared or scary workers below.
    I’d be interested to hear how such a competitive fellow as the author would practically form and manage the work environment he describes.

  2. Bill — Good points all. Mark ducks the inconvenient question of how real people would handle working the sort of fractious environment in which he apparently thrives.
    That said, I’m a sucker for his no-holds-barred rhetoric wherein he takes strong stands and ‘fesses up to the kind of work environment he wants. Try the alternative, such as the wildly political environment at the university of your choice. A little frankness and directness would be a wheeze of fresh air.

  3. bill pocock says:

    Keep the baby, faith.