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Mark Zuckerberg says employees refer to him as the ‘Eye of Sauron’

By: April Carson

The term "Eye of Sauron" refers to an evil being able to inspect everything in JRR's work, The Lord of the Rings.

It is the eye that sees everything. It was all that remained of Sauron on top of the Barad-dûr tower in Middle-earth when Isildur cut the One Ring from his hand and removed it from him. The Eye of Sauron is a metaphor for evil, an enormous flaming and malevolent eye.

That's the name that Mark Zuckerberg is known by among Meta employees. Zuckerberg is known as the Eye of Sauron because he is always watching what employees are doing and knows what they're talking about.

He has an immense knowledge of the company and its workings. Zuckerberg has said that he tries not to micromanage, but rather focuses on setting a clear strategy and then empowering his team to make decisions.

"I think managing energy is an important topic," the Facebook founder said in a meeting with writer and podcaster Tim Ferriss. "Some of the people I work with at the company - I believe they have a good sense of humor - call me the Eye of Sauron. They tell me that I have limitless amounts of energy to go to work on anything and if I aim it at a certain team, I'll just burn it."

Some of the people I work with at the firm - I believe they appreciate that title - have referred to me as "The Eye of Sauron."

To avoid being overwhelmed by Facebook's "boredom," the creator tells Ferriss that he tries to "diffuse" his energy so as not to focus on a single thing, since this might be tiring for the team.

“I think the closeness you get from having an immediate feedback loop (around something you're working on or thinking about) is better than going and scheduling a meeting three weeks later when the subject may no longer be relevant,” says Zuckerberg. “I believe achieving that balance is also critical to keep the company running.”

Over the years, Mark Zuckerberg, who created Facebook when he was just 19 years old in 2004, has been criticized for his management style and image.

In the interview with Ferriss, he also addressed leadership and what he's learnt throughout the journey: “Good leadership is about trying to get people enthusiastic about where you're going. One of the things I've learned over the last 18 years is that feeling misunderstood feels awful. There's a natural human desire to be understood, which I believe is why people want to communicate and why communication is so important: on some level, people desire to be understood, to belong and to feel like they belong with others around them."

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April Carson is the daughter of Billy Carson. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Jacksonville University, where she was also on the Women's Basketball team. She now has a successful clothing company that specializes in organic baby clothes and other items. Take a look at their most popular fall fashions on

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