I haven’t been posting Monday Morning Meeting talks recently simply because I haven’t done any. There’s a multitude of reasons for that and I won’t be doing any again today. That being said, I’d like to share a weekly kickoff this morning anyway.
Here are some of Howard Schultz’s thoughts on success and leadership (Howard is the ceo of Starbucks). I took the notes a while back when reading Onward. I don’t remember if they’re direct quotes or paraphrases.
Success is not sustainable if it’s defined by how big you become. The only number that matters is “one.” One cup. One customer. One partner. One experience at a time.
The core capacity of leadership is the ability to make right decisions while flying blind, basing them on knowledge, wisdom, and the ability to stay wedded to an overriding goal.
Recipe for successful leadership: an unbridled level of confidence about where their organizations are headed and the ability to bring people along.
Leadership is about instilling confidence in others
Happy Monday and have a great week!
There’s a commonly held belief that you can make it happen. If you push hard enough, consistently enough, often enough, it will happen regardless of obstacles. That only the truly exceptional can make it happen. It’s a meritocratic system. One that favors persistence over connection.
In a way, it’s a tempting way to think and act. It shelters us from ever trying.
Now, while it is true that pushing through the resistance and barriers is the only way to make your art happen, we are, afterall, in a connection economy. There are different people around you. There are those that weigh and drag you down and there are those that lift you up and thrust you forward.
So to create your art. To live your purpose. Your duty is really to shed, avoid and exclude all those who prevent you from making a difference while seeking out and embracing those that want to see you succeed. They are the ones that will help you fight the resistance.
Success come to those that realize this formula and relentlessly seek to make it happen.
(Photo credit: al (rino) del vecchio)
Of course you can cram for the exam,
Email your list for a hundredth time,
Cut costs on a small feature,
Hide the fine print,
Lengthen the fine print,
Bulk up the legalese,
Borrow someone’s class notes,
Say only what we want to hear,
Appeal to the lowest common denominator…
Or you can take the time to make something that matters. That requires no small print or mass emails. Something to that people want to talk about and share.
Sure it’s harder than clicking send. Sure the results might take longer to happen. But more sustainable and worthy for sure.