I’m not expert on management, and have really been enjoying the guest posts on A VC digging into the topic, from a variety of perspectives. Today’s MBA monday post was written by Joel Spolsky. Here’s an excerpt:

Turns out, it’s positively de-motivating to work for a company where your job is just to shut up and take orders. In tech startup land, we all understand instinctively that we have to hire super smart people, but we forget that we then have to organize the workforce so that those people can use their brains 24/7.

Thus, the upside-down pyramid. Stop thinking of the management team at the top of the organization. Start thinking of the software developers, the designers, the product managers, and the front line sales people as the top of the organization.

If you’re thinking about starting a company or already run one, I’d encourage you to go read it.