Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. — Aristotle
I received a note last week from one of my favorite authors who has had a huge influence on my business career. His name is Richard Koch and I’ve recommended his books to every team I have led and you will absolutely take away a ton of ideas from his several books.
Here is his site and a couple of interviews on his work with Pareto’s 80/20 Principle
Galveston, TX – “If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed” – Anonymous
Everything we do either brings us closer to our goals or further away. When we think about the direction we are taking in our lives, are we moving “toward” our desired result? Or “away” from it?
There is a popular website that anyone can use to help them move toward their goals and dreams. http://www.simpleology.com is a great start when mapping your dreams, goals and accomplishments. Give it a try for 30 days and see what happens.
Kennesaw – A huge shout out to my friend, Butch Adams, who encouraged me to continue writing more regularly on my blog and to share thoughts and experiences with my friends and Twitter followers. I read this morning the quote above from Leonardo Da Vinci that rings truer today than ever. Simplicity is needed in every facit of our lives. From work, school, and home…. living more simply reduces stress and encourages calm. It shortens the line between tasks to be quicker and less complex. It allows quicker review and analysis. I could go on and on but simplicity is so “money” as Vince Vaughan would say in “Swingers”.
Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, gave an interview with The Harvard Business Review in 1989 where he listed Speed, Simplicity and Self Confidence as three key drivers in business.
When I arrived at GE in 1990, these 3 words were posted above the wall on the way into the office. We worked hard everyday living these ideas and I challenge you to read this HBR article and apply these concepts to your business career and your life.
I would love to hear from you sometime. My address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I promise to get back to you with “speed, simplicity and self-confidence”!
My desire for each of you is a happy and prosperous 2013. Live large, live intentionally and become the person that you want to be remembered for.
When I received my final 2012 analysis on who read and forwarded thoughts from this site, there were 7 countries represented and hundreds of readers who followed my posts. To my 5k+ Twitter followers, and my few close friends, thank you from the bottom of my heart for a wonderful life and I wish you all a happy 2013 and terrific future that you design and implement.