I was speaking with a friend recently and we were discussing our philosophies on business.
Most business owners I’ve met feel that they are in charge of a business. That they do it by their own self-authority. That they make decisions and have control over the results of their decisions. That they are the owner of the business and the only one who can make the decisions.
This is a lie. You do not own the business, and you are not the only one who makes decisions. Other business owners are also in charge of their businesses. But they are the ones who are doing the work. They are the ones who are making the decisions, and they are the ones who are executing them.
The most important thing business owners do is manage their own companies. They are not merely owners of their own businesses. They are also managers of the company. It is their responsibility to manage the company so that they can run it efficiently, and they will do that by making decisions and having control over the results of those decisions.
It is also the responsibility of business owners to manage their own employees. But they are also the ones who make the decisions as to whether employees will be fired, promoted, or demoted. Those decisions are ultimately made by business owners.
One of the things that has made Arkane a big hit for me lately is the fact that he is a bit of a dick. I can’t help but think a little more deeply about the decisions he has to make.
When I first joined Arkane as a developer, I thought they were kind of like a cult and I could join up with them and be like a member of the cult. I was wrong. I just didn’t realize how much I had grown to like them. I have since moved on to other indie teams and have never gone back to work for them. The way they treat developers does not seem to be a cult, even though I can’t agree with everything they stand for.
I’ve had a couple of conversations with senior developers at Arkane who have told me how much they appreciate working with developers who have a vision about how things should work. It seems to be a pretty common thing. I’m sure there are others out there who feel the same way.
I have to say that this is one of my favorite quotes from the trailer: “The vision you have is not just a vision. You have to have a business plan.” So if you’re wondering what that business plan looks like, it’s a big one.