I receive daily emails from the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute and they sent this quote out late December. I have been thinking about it quite a lot.
The criterion for measuring the success of our leaders should be how well they serve everyone that has a vested interest in the success of the enterprise.
- We are being measured, whether we want to be measured or not. Are we helping set how we believe we should be measured?
- How well are we serving those with a vested interest? Who has a vested interest? I can think of a number of people in large corporations that have forgotten that we are here to serve….
- We are here to ensure success. Not to stroke your ego Mr. Colleague / Boss / …………………………….. <- place for you to add title / name
If you don’t know Bill George, here is a link to his bio.
Careful, I am on my soapbox on this one!
I am still astounded by the number of people that are always looking for the silver bullet. The magic pill that will make them lose weight, the one job that will make them rich and of the course the magic software that will solve this problem overnight. Come on folks. after looking for the silver bullet for so many years, have you considered that it does not exist?
It seems that this behavior has been prevalent through the ages. Vincent van Gogh gave us the following advice and he died in 1890.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of
small things brought together.
A quote from Conan O’Brien’s farewell speech.
“if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen”
The full transcrpt can be found here: http://freedomeden.blogspot.com/2010/01/conan-obrien-last-tonight-show-january.html
Here are some well known folks that Through the ages there have been numerous instances of this rule.
- Abraham Lincoln suffered a nervous breakdown and was defeated numerous times in his political career.
- Henry Ford’s first automobile company was a failure.
- Thomas Edison failed with his phonograph company.
- Albert Einstein suffered from speech difficulties as a young child.
- Babe Ruth held the #1 spot as the best slugger from 1918 to 1928. during this period, he was either in either the #1 or #2 position for strikeouts during these years too.
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison
Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense – Winston Churchill
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
- Will Rogers (1879–1935) -
I recently listened to a talk given by Vinod Khosla from Khosla Ventures I was struck by how frankly he answered questions and by the depth of his knowledge on the subject matter. Very impressive.
Then he said something that really struck a cord with me, mainly because I have a similar opinion and therefore it is always good to get some personal reinforcement:
Try and fail but never fail to try
This is very similar to my personal mantra
you cannot win the race if you are not in the race
Overall, if you ever get the opportunity to hear him talk I would highly recommend it.