“I’m gone for eight months…If you feel that it’s critical to contact me, that I get involved in your problem, what I want you to do is to lie down. When that feeling goes away, I want you to get up, solve the problem, and then send me an e-mail with the solution.”
- Bob Davids, Freedom, Inc. (by B.M. Carney & I. Getz, Crown Business, 2009)
Bob Davids has concluded that leadership is the scarcest resource in the world today.
Because egos get involved, most people in top positions believe that they are superior to everyone else, and they believe they need something better than everyone else. Economic assets, titles, status, and the like prevent the people at the top from subordinating themselves totally to the people they lead.
Mr. Davids approach is simple, “if you want to lead someone, you need to get behind them. A leader should subordinate himself/herself to ‘the lowest man on the totem pole.’ Micromanagement is to be avoided at all costs. It’s impossible to manage people, you can only lead people.”
Freedom, Inc., co-authored by The Wall Street Journal’s Brian Carney and renowned business school professor and leadership author Isaac Getz, devotes Chapter 4, “Freedom Is Not Anarchy” to Mr. Davids’ approach. One story illustrates that from the earliest days of Mr. Davids’ California winery Sea Smoke, he refused to give his solutions to his employees. In the winery’s second year, Davids received a phone call in the Bahamas from his general manager who was faced with a $1.8 million decision. Davids knew that the viticulturist of Sea Smoke possessed the best solution. By trusting this man’s opinion, Sea Smoke took an immediate $1.8 million hit. But the bet paid off big. Eventually Sea Smoke registered a feat no other vineyard in the world can claim: Since its inception, Sea Smoke has been named one of the 100 best vineyards in the world by Wine Spectator every year for four years straight.
Bob Davids is a provocative American entrepreneur and visionary who has launched six highly successful companies over the course of a storied career.
Mr. Davids’ business successes include building Radica Games, the third most profitable toy maker in the world; launching Sea Smoke, his world-class vineyard located in Central California (featured in the Academy Award-winning movie “Sideways”); and his latest venture, “Villa Keliki,” a luxurious 8,000 square meter resort located on the breathtaking island of Bali.
Davids has been successfully building businesses since 1956, when he was just a 12-year old boy living in —gang-infested at the time—Venice Beach, California. He attributes his consistent track record of entrepreneurial success to his non-conventional leadership style.
Mr. Davids success has struck a chord with many who now wish to interview him to learn more about this visionary entrepreneur and his non-conventional approach and leadership style.