The problem with success is that it’s not a finish line. It’s a waypoint along the journey. It’s an attitude more than it is a “ride into the sunset.”For every success there is “what comes next.” For each person that is different. For each company that is different. But it usually involves losing.Even if you still are the champion now, you have to entertain the idea that you might not always be in that position. That things will change.
You don’t have to be standing around a group of leadership gurus for long before you hear someone say something like: “You need to stop talking about what you are doing and just go do it.” The message is clear. You should lead by example. Less talking. More doing.And certainly it seems smart to lead by doing. Leading through your actions.
Just because you aren’t sure what to do doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do anything.The daily grind is better than being run over.Being a “nut job” is a just matter of everyone else’s limited perspectiveLimits are for ordinary people. Rules are for everyone.Bravado isn’t the same as bravery.There will always be someone telling you that “you’ve got it all wrong.”Experience is what you earn right after you need it.Success always takes a lot more effort than you think is necessary…..
ust because you earn a bigger title doesn’t mean you earn more respect.
It’s easier to say “I’m sorry…” than to have to hire a fresh team of employees.
A culture of fear only works for so long. And it’s horribly destructive in the long run.
Leading doesn’t need to include yelling. Actions matter.
Being right isn’t your top priority any more. Helping your team win is the top priority.
Just because you have authority doesn’t mean that you are the leader….
There isn’t much that Romney needs help with. He has smart people around him. One-on-one, he and Ann are wonderfully warm people. You get the sense that they care about you personally. So why isn’t he connecting with the rest of Americans who could use his solid business skills to turn around the economy?
We all want to conquer. In fact, most of our lives is spent in the pursuit of conquering. As business leaders we want to conquer goals like company growth, higher profitability, and industry recognition. As people, we all have personal goals that we want to conquer, like being happy and healthy and feeling like what we do matters.
According to the “pros”, there is always a right way you should be doing things. Just pick up the business section of the newspaper or enroll in an executive MBA program. You’ll be presented with a series of strategic “right moves” that should lead to certain success.
‘Tis the business parable of magic mushrooms. There is this unspoken business advice that you will hear from many experts that if you build a good enough process for your business that you can walk away and things will operate like you intend.You’ll hear experts tell you that if you “have a marketing platform” for your business that you can launch an endless stream of successful products and each one will leverage the experience of the previous one. All with you out of the picture.
If no one follows you, you aren’t leading. You’re just blazing a trail. And that’s ok as long as you don’t expect others to help you make it to the finish line.Which begs a deeper question: How do you get people to help you?You don’t fake it. You stop pretending like you have all the answers. You ask for help. And opinions. And criticism.You desperately search for answers.And when you fail you pull yourself off the floor and try again.No pretension. No pandering. No pride.
If you want to dominate you industry you have to be able to dominate the conversation going on in your industry. You have to be able to steer the conversation in a way that benefits what you are trying to do.If you are the big guy and trying to get bigger then you need to be able to create a conversation that helps you do that. On the other hand, if you’re the small guy trying to disrupt a legacy market, then you need to understand how to create words and a discussion that support your disruption.
What is often labeled “strong leadership” is really nothing more than bullying. There is nothing inspiring about it.Instead of caring about employees. Instead of leading by example. Instead of creating an audacious mission. Instead of all that, it can just seem easier to shout and scream and fire — and hope you scare enough of the team into doing something that leads to revenue creation.
As a popular speaker, I have the unique and wonderful opportunity to speak all over the world to big companies, business organizations, and non-profits. Like much of what you read here on my blog, the discussion is an unconventional one. I talk about pain and fear and how uncommon strategy is often the key to outrageous feats of high-performance.
We all want to be something that we’re not. At least, that’s how we’re talked to by advertisers, coaches, and business experts.According to the pros, you’re better off being an imposter than relentlessly pursuing bold ideas.
You can’t be both at the same time. You can’t hurt and heal at the same time. The two don’t go together.You start being a molester when you stop caring and start thinking about satisfying your needs first.