Strategic Discipline Blog
“Happiness is a direction, not a place.” -Syndey J. Harris
“Without a purpose any problem is too big.” Ernest C. Wilson, The Week that Changed the World.
Thanksgiving is just two days away. The holiday means this will be my only blog this week. I thought instead of providing Liz Wiseman’s Growth Summit presentation on Rookie Smarts I’d take a chapter from your previous book Multipliers and send a message on thankfulness.
Give and Take by Adam Grant offers insight into three types of people: givers, takers, and matchers. The book describes characteristics of each type, yet cautions that while giving, taking, and matching are three fundamental styles of social interaction, the lines between them are not always hard and fast. You can actually shift between one style of reciprocity style as you navigate across different work roles and relationships. At work the vast majority of people develop a primary reciprocity style. This is how you approach most of the people most of the time. The research discovered your primary style can play as much a role in you success as hard work, talent and luck. (That is if you believe in the latter!)
You may have heard the story on how trainers get an elephant to remain tied to a stake. Even though an elephant has enough strength to easily remove the stake, due to the training received when they are young they’re unable to realize they can get free. View the video on the right for the full story.
You and probably many business owners are virtually swimming in waves of data. Advances in technology and the Internet have made it easy to collect data on almost any subject and allow you, if willing, to collect measurements on any part of your business.
Do you believe you’re a prisoner to your genes? Is your family’s past afflictions, diseases, and maladies a prediction of your future?
Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Business Growth, People, Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the Wo, The Advantage, Business Culture, competitive advantage, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose
It’s ironic that as I started to write Select The Right People – Zappos “Are You Lucky? I was feeling good about my recovery from Acute Myeloid Leukemia and my Bone Marrow Transplant. That Tuesday I decided to go to the University of Iowa Hospital/Clinic since my leg hurt since I slipped and fell into my snow blower the week before.
What I’ve written about Zappos Core Values before bears repeating. We’ll examine using Core Values in your hiring and selection process focusing on a specific value that Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos is particularly fond of.