Why Leaders Should Read Books With Their Teams

How a little nudge from a book made one employee do the unthinkable

Feliks Eyser
Marker
Published in
5 min readSep 24, 2019

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WWhen Tilman walked into my office, he was smiling from ear to ear. He was the head of web design at my digital marketing company, and by his smile, I could tell that something had happened.

Tilman is a designer through and through. He sports a big bushy beard around his boyish smile and his uniform is bright, colorful hoodies. He likes colors, playing games, and stimulating the development of his employees. In his team’s office, you would spot a pink stuffed unicorn next to a popcorn machine. Tilman is the easygoing, supportive, and understanding boss that his young employees adored. He’s not the usual numbers guy and would much rather “manage by emotions” than cold hard data. If they would serve a bowl of positive feelings and colorful pixels for breakfast, Tilman would order it.

That’s why I was so astonished by what he showed me next.

The dashboard

Tilman had built a digital process-overview dashboard for his team. The tool’s interface showed how many web-design projects were in each phase of the process, how the stacks had changed in the last days, and where bottlenecks would occur. It measured throughput, calculated estimated completions…

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Feliks Eyser
Marker

Tech founder & investor from 🇩🇪. Sharing experiences for first-time founders💡🛠🚀