23 Top-Notch Michael Lopp Quotes

Michael Lopp is a webcomic author, software engineer, and blogger. Known for his books focused on leadership, he has worked at Apple and Palantir. Here is a look at some of the top Michael Lopp quotes.

“A manager’s job is to transform his glaring deficiency into a strength by finding the best person to fill it and trusting him to do the job.”

“A productive one-on-one is one where we talk strategically about how we do stuff, but more importantly, how we might do this stuff better.”

“A résumé is not a statement of facts. It’s a declaration of intent.”

“Every time you say blah blah blah, a creative writing teacher dies.”

“I hired you because you’ve got enough skill and enough will to have my job one day … whether you want it or not.”

“I’m a geek, and I might be a nerd, but I’m not a dork.”


“In order to manage human beings in the moment, you’ve got to be one.”

“In the absence of information, people will create their own.”

“Interviewing is a team sport and failing to get everyone’s perspective regarding a candidate is not only a lost opportunity in terms of gathering some random piece of perspective.”

“Managers who don’t have a plan to talk to everyone on their team regularly are deluded. They believe they are going to learn what is going on in their group through some magical organizational osmosis and they won’t.”

“My advice is that you take action so that you stay in touch with how your team builds stuff. You can do this as a director or a VP.”

“My belief is that my experiences drive my sometimes subconscious instincts, and this is why I’ve come to trust the Twinge.”

“My definition of a great manager is someone with whom you can make a connection no matter where you sit in the organization chart.”

“One of your many jobs as manager is information conduit, and the rules are deceptively simple: for each piece of information you see, you must correctly determine who on your team needs that piece of information to do their job.”

“Real work is visible action managers take to support their particular vision for their organization.”

“Show me all the wow for the last week”? That report alone is enough incentive for me try to remember to record my wow among all my twitchy saving.”

“Status reports usually show up because a distant executive feels out of touch with part of his or her organization, and they believe getting everyone to efficiently document their week is going to help. It doesn’t.”

“Stay flexible, remember what it means to be an engineer, and don’t stop developing.”

“The art in talking trash is the careful exploration of the edges of truth.”

“The difference between a manager who knows what’s going on in an organization and one who is a purely politically driven slimeball is thin. ”

“The moment I walk into a bookstore, I remember what I love about them. They are an oasis of intellectual calm. Perhaps it’s the potential of all the ideas hidden behind those delicious covers.”

“The rule is simple: if you don’t write it down, it never happened.”

“You’re the one who is actually responsible for delivering the impossible, and all I’m asking is that you consider the request because agreeing to engage in the impossible shatters normality and ignores fears, and I love that.”

Here is a look at some leadership and the basics of tackling the foundations to be a successful leader as presented by Michael Lopp.

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