Do you know anyone who strives to be average? While few people admit this is true, about half of us do. And, of course, the same is true of companies and organizations because they are only as good as their people. What I have observed is that average ...

 

Steve on Leadership | No Goals – Just Do What You Want



No Goals – Just Do What You Want

Do you know anyone who strives to be average? While few people admit this is true, about half of us do. And, of course, the same is true of companies and organizations because they are only as good as their people.

What I have observed is that average and below average performers either do not have goals or their goals are flawed or their goals do not inspire them. One symptom of goal absence or weakness is when people do what they want to do before they do what they need to do.

Do What You Need to Do First.  As I was thinking about goals this week, I was intrigued by Nicolas Cole’s article in Inc Magazine called This Is the 1 Habit All Successful People Live By . Cole says that successful people do what they need to do before they do what...

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Step Out Into the Darkness

When I was 15 years old I had to really step out into the darkness. As faithful readers know I was Boy Scout and in 1968 I was “tapped” to enter the Order of the Arrow, a Boy Scout honor society.

At a campfire at Goshen Scout Camps in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia someone tapped my shoulder. I was told to go get my sleeping bag and return. When I returned I was blindfolded and my hand put on the shoulder of another Scout. Then we were led out into the dark George Washington National forest.

For about 15 or 20 minutes we hiked blindfolded out into the Forest. Then a leader led me away from the group for about 30 or 40 steps, asked me to take-off my blindfold, and gave me a paper cup, a match, and a raw egg. He then told me to make...

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Carving Out and Filling-up Jobs in Your Business

Have you ever noticed in football and baseball today there are several carved-out, specialty positions? For example, in baseball you have “closers,” like the Red Sox’s Greg Kimbrell. Closers are pitchers who only pitch the 9th inning when a team is leading by three or less runs. In football, for example, you have place kickers and punters.

The players who fill these positions have very specific skills that help the team perform more successfully. And when they perform well, their teammates love them even though they don’t play very much.

The same thing is happening in business. Many employers today use an employment strategy called “job carving,” which cuts-up a current position’s tasks into smaller portions that might more...

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The Business of Staying Cool

Not long ago Johnny, one of our Board members from Florida, asked me, “Did you know the invention of air conditioning was the most important factor leading to Florida’s development?”  As logical as the premise was, I admitted it was news to me.

And, of course, Johnny’s question piqued my curiosity.

Air-Conditioning in the 1800s. In the 1830s Dr. John Gorrie from Florida, often referred to as the father of modern air-conditioning, used a system of suspended natural ice to cool the air and create a more comfortable recovery environment for his patients. He later invented a cooling system using compressed air, which was very similar to the processes we use today. Unfortunately his financial investor died and Gorrie’s invention went...

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A Turkish Shepherd and American Yogurt Entrepreneur is Changing the World

If you are like most Americans you have never heard of Hamdi Ulukaya. And, if he was in an immigration line today and disclosed he was a Turkish-Kurd “political science” major at Ankara University, he would most likely be sent home.

But, what if I told you he created, here in America, the leading Greek yogurt brand, Chobani, would you want him deported?

Ulukaya, who is nicely profiled in Rob Brunner’s article I’m a Shepherd and I’m a Warrior in Fast Company, grew-up in eastern Turkey in a family of shepherds and cheese makers. He immigrated to the United States through New York City in 1994. He worked hard in odd jobs, learned English, and took college courses.

Ulukaya the Warrior. Ulukaya has the natural competitive instincts of...

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