Why are some people able to muster more will power than others?
Strategic Discipline Blog
Somewhere in your office probably lies an Operating Manual and List of policies for your company. If you have a documented version, you can probably blow the dust off of it, because it rarely or never is referred to except by your human resources department. If it’s a digital version it’s probably not been updated in some time.
When founder and former CEO Howard Schultz returned to Starbuck after an eight year absence in 2008 the company rebounded. What happened and how did he manage to turn around a company that had lost its focus on the customer?
Habits can be a curse or a benefit.
We’ve discussed Paul O’Neill’s plan for getting to zero injuries previously in One Thing: Are Meeting Rhythms Keystone Habits? And Would You Fire Someone for Violating Your Core Values? The safety emphasis entailed the most radical realignment in Alcoa’s history. O’Neill believed the key to protecting Alcoa employees, is understanding why injuries happen in the first place.
May 1996, Paul O’Neil, (discussed in One Thing: Are Meeting Rhythms Keystone Habits?) had been at Alcoa for a decade. His leadership is studied at Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government, he’s mentioned as a candidate for commerce secretary or secretary of defense, the employees and union give him high marks. Alcoa’s stock price has risen over 200%. He’s an acknowledged success.
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.
Twelve exhausted athletes single file into the high school biology room of their new basketball coach. It’s the first week of basketball season. Entering a classroom is a unique experience for them. Practices are in the main auditorium of the high school. This is the first time they’ve ever been anywhere but the gym.