At every juncture, no matter what your job is, you should be facing reality, looking for a new trend, technology or bright idea that could generate improvement in what you are responsible for, and jumping all over it NOW. Don’t wait around! Don’t be distracted by minor daily minutia. Move!
Bob's Gutsy Leadership Blog
Archive for February, 2013
Recently I was reading an interview of Herb Kelleher, the former lawyer who famously created the business model for Southwest Airlines on the back of a (cocktail) napkin and then stuck around to build it into a huge corporation that is consistently on Fortune Magazine’s list of most admired companies.
I have seen some very significant impact with this approach. In one company I worked with, it enabled them to spot two departments that clearly needed to do a better job of selecting strategies for making progress and clearly communicating them. In another case, the core problem that was spotted was a lack of confidence in the direction for a particular department.
I was recently reading an article about the long and sad history of Motorola. Back in its glory days, Motorola invented such things as car radios, military radios, and the cell phone and it was the company responsible for bringing Six Sigma to the U.S.A. On the other hand, by late 2003, it was a struggling, confused company with no clear game plan for winning.