Winning Career Strategies from Silicon Valley
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

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We’ve seen a major tech boom with companies like Facebook, Google, Instagram and Pinterest, taking the industry by storm with major wins. Each offers unique services, but one thing these companies have in common is high productivity among their workers.

Brazen Careerist details why these companies have seen major success and how you can take a cue from them when it comes to getting work done effectively and efficiently.

Create a culture of autonomy, transparency and openness. If you want your team to produce more and build more, cut out the traditional manager. In a traditional company, managers communicate what’s been done, accumulate and disseminate information as they see fit and dictate what employees work on. This is inefficient. If a manager fails in any way, it debilitates the entire team.

When the big Silicon Valley engineers built their companies from the ground up, they avoided the need for managers by creating cultures of autonomy, information transparency and openness. Their employees always know what others are doing and have the autonomy to manage their own work. As a result, they are incredibly self-motivated and productive.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.