Change initiatives fail far more than they succeed; surveys put failure at somewhere between 45 and 75 percent. Those failure rates work in baseball, but if you’re running a business you’ve got to do better.
Author: Ken Tasch
“Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it the most like it the least.” —Philip Dormer Stanhope, British statesman.
“The most powerful way to prepare yourself, your team, and your organization to survive and thrive in a fast, unpredictable, competitive and complex world is to ‘first be nimble’ — in other words, to first develop the capability and resilience to adapt.” —Graham Winter (Author of First Be Nimble.)
The message you convey to your team when you micromanage is that you don’t trust their work or judgment. It creates a devastating mudslide to employee disengagement, promoting a dysfunctional and inimical work environment. Disengaged employees put in their time each day, and —that’s it, nothing more.
Self-confidence, now you see it—now you don’t. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan.
Without a properly executed Strategy Plan, you’ll never get the successful results you desire. Instead of shaping the environment and controlling the future, your organization will scurry to adapt to the chaotic events attacking from all sides—like Newtonian billiard balls bouncing off each other in random fashion. You’ve surrendered the future to the whims of fate.
“If you care at all, you’ll get some results. If you care enough, you’ll get incredible results.” – Jim Rohn.
Want to get ahead? Approach every activity, even the mundane, determined to add value. Whether it’s your business, customers, stakeholders, vendors, bosses, peers, or subordinates, everything you strive to do should be a Herculean effort to make it the best it can be—resolve to never settle for less.
It was a long drive and I was wasn’t sure how to get there. I plugged the “address” into the “GPS” and wouldn’t you know it, the damn thing was about as useful as lox without a bagel and cream cheese. What’s up with that “technology” anyway? Then I realized it was an “intersection” I was looking for, not a “specific address,” “Entrepreneurial Boulevard and Hard Knocks Avenue.” Bingo!
Have you ever had a conversation with someone, which had so much positive emotion, it gave you goosebumps? That was the physiological response to forming a special personal bond made out of titanium. How does one go about creating this kind of extraordinary emotional connection with another human being—someone you just met?