Above and Below The Waterline

I really have two jobs: The first job is, I have to worry about everything below the waterline; anything that can sink the ship. Beyond that…I have to focus on two to three areas that I’m deeply passionate about—that aren’t below the waterline but that I focus on because I can add unique value, I’m truly passionate about them, and they can truly transform the company if they go well…And with the others I really try to empower leaders and get involved only when there are holes below the waterline.

– Brian Chesky