I consider myself a student of management rather than a management expert. I take great pride in being able to not only apply knowledge but also learn, able to judge the merits of new contemporary management ideas and theories and put them into position for my clients.
My desire is to continue learning by watching all types of businesses, to participate and lead by example; I want to not only be exposed to new thought, but to share with my compatriots’ the product of my journey.
There is a contrarians’ view that I offer today that may provide some valuable insights to help you and your business. The following opinion is a wise observation about employing experts – a view that was attributed to Henry FORD.
“No one should portray himself as an expert. If a person really knows his job – that person sees so much more to be done than they have done, they are constantly seeking to move forward – seldom congratulating themselves, seldom giving thanks to how good and how efficient they presently are. Thinking always ahead, thinking always of trying to do more, brings with it a state of mind in which nothing is impossible. The moment one gets into the ‘expert’ state of mind; a great number of things automatically become impossible”.
So… Being in somewhat contrarian state of mind at present – I want to highlight my personal learnings from a great book I re-read whilst on an R&R weekend in Far North Queensland. It is the book titled “Why People Fail – the sixteen obstacles to success and how to overcome them” – Written by Siimon Reynolds.
I do hope that it provides as much help to you as it has done for me over the years…
Chapter 1: Unclear Purpose
Siimon Reynolds concludes chapter one in his book1 with the following comment;
“The simple truth is this: The more clarity you have about what you want in every area of your life, the more likely you are to get what you want.”
Siimon sets the scene by reminding the reader about early primary school science projects. These projects involved a magnifying glass and the suns’ rays to burn paper. By itself, the sun’s rays take a long time to burn material. A piece of paper sitting on a table will not burn even on the hottest of days. Yet by sharply focusing the sun through the lens of a magnifying glass that piece of paper will turn into charred ash in moments.
Just as the magnifying glass brings focus to the sun’s rays, the mind can bring a whole lot of focus to our business life. There are people who “want” to be successful, but are unfocussed on their methods and purpose, and those who focus clearly on that purpose.
Remember the academically gifted students nearing the end of high school. You thought those people had life “on a plate”. Well studies reveal that many of the brightest minds at high school and university do not excel in later life. Without sense of where they were going – they get overtaken by those who might not have been as academically gifted, but who had a purpose. So it is not education, nor that absence of the ability to ace exams that holds us back. It is the absence of a purpose.
A life purpose inspires, makes a person more effective, makes them grow and creates extraordinary power and momentum.
Equally, vagueness leads to failure.
A business purpose, leads to clarity for the business and the jobs at hand, which in turn leads to clarity on the questions of what should I do next. If you really want to eliminate the twelve hour days and the feeling each night that you did not accomplish much; Siimon suggests taking action; the first step is make a few tough decisions. Get a piece of paper, decide on the purpose of your business, decide upon the “top jobs” write them down…
Sounds familiar doesn’t it.
It is not intelligence that makes great businesses – its clarity of purpose.
1 – Taken from the book “Why People Fail – the sixteen obstacles to success and how to overcome them” – Siimon Reynolds
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