A different alphabet

Overloaded with thoughts, ideas, phrases and actions items to execute on, I summarized them with an alphabetical listing.

Having just returned from year one of my EO Entrepreneurial Masters Program, I’ve been asked a few times what the best take-aways were. Each time I’ve heard the question I’ve been unable to answer succinctly as there was simply too much to narrow it down well. With sixty five other entrepreneurs from around the world, we spent nearly 16 hours each day learning from great speakers and from each other. Talk about overload!

For myself and those interested, here are the lists.

The top two take aways from EO EMP Year 1:

  1. I’ve returned to my home knowing 65 new friends, all of who shared some of their past, present and future with me, much of it very heartfelt. The remarkable experience labeled as the night of the living dead.
  2. Significant clarity on what needs to be done in order to upgrade my business from the good that it is to the great that it will be.

There would have been a third take away in the list but it in an of itself if the other list, the alphabet. Key thoughts and phrases… they mean something different to everyone and a relevant in business and in life.

  1. Look for the pattern
  2. You get what you focus on and become like those that you spend time with
  3. Every day that you tolerate mediocrity is another day of saying, “I was just kidding about excellence”
  4. Communicate courageously and relentlessly
  5. Set clear and binary goals
  6. I’m good at what I do and I do it because I care about you
  7. Ambiguity breeds mediocrity
  8. People are safe, ideas are not
  9. Notice everything, always be collecting data
  10. You cannot sit on two toilets at once
  11. People eat with their eyes
  12. Think exponential, not incremental
  13. Find and ask the right question
  14. Keep running your old factory while you build your new factory
  15. Give your big idea a name and a theme
  16. Communicate one idea over and over again
  17. Virtual structure: less stuff = more success
  18. Your brand is found in the hearts and minds of your customers
  19. Your packaging is how they remember you
  20. Start dreaming again
  21. Accountability creates engagement
  22. Visibility creates accountability
  23. The enemy of execution is business as usual
  24. You cannot grow your business, only your people can. It’s called a company, not a lonely
  25. Bet on yourself and bet big
  26. Leave nothing unsaid

Food for thought(s) gleaned from HBR

A collection of thoughts, ideas, suggestions and calls to action for entrepreneurs and business managers alike.

Harvard Business Review Magazine
Harvard Business Review

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.