Are we still in the celebrity CEO era? I think we are. I believe I heard someone calling its end, but the market never got the message. We continue to laud -sometimes even worship- the energetic visionary, and even despotic fearless leader in front of some of the companies that are the protagonists of our changing world.
In our mind, they may be very masculine, hard-charging individuals, who always know what to do; but the truth is that company building requires much more care and effort than just blazing through life.
Company building, more than strong-leading military campaigns, looks more like the quiet gardening type of activity. Carefully selecting each part of the garden, making sure they play together well, and that they add to overall value and beauty of the garden. And then, tending to each plant, watering them and nurturing them so they become the stronger, better version of each one of them.
Gardens, much like companies, also have the tendency to wither and to get overgrown with weeds if we neglect them. Sometimes, it is even necessary to take out a plant and change things a little bit.
Suddenly, gardening sounds much more exciting!