A collection of thoughts, ideas, suggestions and calls to action for entrepreneurs and business managers alike.
After a few months of having too much to do and too little spare time, I grabbed a handful of the monthly Harvard Business Review issues that had been holding down my desk and proceeded to skim through the articles. Typically I would take the time to read each article and spend a fair bit of time reflecting on the topics that are relevant to my current situations, this time was different. Instead of diving in and soaking it up, I just skimmed through three of them and jotted down some nuggets here and there. Below are these nuggets in no particular order. Do what you will with them.
- Turn challenges into opportunities.
- Simplicity is power.
- Management is NOT a profession.
- People with international experience (travel/life) are more likely to create new businesses and products and to be promoted.
- Failure demands a response, yet the status quo is embraced and, incredibly, protected.
- Simply stepping back to observe how you work can yield game-changing insights.
- Good leaders protect their employees from lengthy meetings, meddlesome superiors, and a host of other roadblocks to doing real work.
- The best leaders orchestrate constructive battles – enabling people to feel safe speaking their minds, even to their leaders.
- The forgetting curve is sometimes more important than the learning curve.
- You are what you measure.
- You are what you do, not what you say. You’re not fooling anyone for long.
- Experiment relentlessly, yet holistically.
- A company’s value is just a sum of the decisions it makes and executes.
- You build a culture of trust by telling the truth, even when its hard.
- Even successful companies have to shake things up to stay ahead of the competition. Change for change’s sake.
- High potentials always demonstrate results, master new types of expertise, and recognize that behavior counts. But it’s their intangible X factors that truly distinguish them from the pack.
- Be clear. Be consistent. Be creative.
I can’t take credit for any of these statements, nor can I say that I do or don’t do them 100% of the time. I can say that I work hard at them 100% of the time and the status quo is NOT embraced or protected.