It's Not About YouI am just back from travel. I stayed in a Delta Hotel. Delta is a midsize middle to high end Canadian hotel chain. The missed on 2 counts this time. There was no regular tea in the room. Bigger and tougher to solve, there was no easy way to plug in the iron.
The former (tea) is just poor execution and the latter (no plug) is poor planning. It takes great planning and great execution to succeed in business.
I read a short book - "It's Not About You - A Little Story About What Matters Most in Business" by Bob Burg and David Mann. As the title suggests, it is a short book - 120 pages.
I love the title. Ties into the Humility Imperative site I spoke about earlier.
The book is written "storybook style". Not my favorite style but i do know people learn from stories. And it is cute and well written.
It tells the story Ben who learns a number of powerful business/leadership lessons:
1. Hold the Vision - clearly I agree with this one. Vision is the first step to success.
2. Build your People. Again, the only way to succeed is by leverage.
3. Do the Work. Stating the obvious. Do the work to succeed. Work ethic was one of my competitive advantages.
4. Stand for Something. And this does not mean just standing from more profit or more sales.
5. Share the Mantle. Success always involves way more than the leader despite the popular business press often trying to make a hero out of just one person.
And of course, no post is complete without some bragging about how advanced my grandson is. He is way ahead for his age. He acts like a teenager - he sleeps all the time. Or perhaps he is acting more like an adult - he sleeps when I talk about Time Management.