Thursday, May 30, 2013

On Adding A Zero

Daily I receive an email from Seth Godin about marketing and improvement in general. This week I would like to share an email that came and was simple but profound. It's a way of approaching life that results in major improvements. Hope you enjoy.

On adding a zero
What happens if, instead of one sales call a day, you make ten?
Or if instead of 3 freelancers working on scaling your work, you have thirty?
What happens if you add a zero in places where it feels impossible to handle... what then?
Scale isn't always the answer, but if it is, then scale. Build the systems necessary to dramatically change your impact. Halfway gets you nowhere.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day 2013

A few years ago our family was able to visit Omaha beach and see what our soldiers had to endure and overcome in order to fight and win WWII. The entire scene was overwhelming to consider the incredible obstacles that stood in their way and what they did.

Our country has a wonderful military and I am proud to remember them on Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

John Chambers - What I Look for In Leaders

John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, looks at three things when thinking about the leaders in his company. Here they are:
  • Results
  • Quality of the team
  • Communication
The results is obvious. Almost everyone in business has a set of goals or a set of outcomes that are measurable. Quality of the team and communication are a little different and maybe not on the top of all lists.

He also talked about how you learn about people during times of failure or during times of challenge. This past week has been full of challenge for the team I work with . We have added three major accounts to our company at the same time which can be challenging. Normally a great opportunity comes along in singles so this has been a stressful time. Some of the best in people has come out and has been enjoyable to see.

John talked about what keeps him up at night and he mentioned that when Cisco lets down a customer it can cause him to loose sleep. This may be why he has been so successful over time and has been able to be a tech CEO for so long.

It's a short video but it has some great insights.