Smarts + Experience + Listening = Greatness. The Magic Formula.

Smarts + Experience + Listening = Greatness. The Magic Formula.

Be Sociable, Share! Tweet People often ask me how I was able to make my last business successful. What special skills and capabilities did I bring to the table? How was I able to make the Inc 500 list for several years and manage continued fast growth? Having a big ego definitely wasn’t the skill that made it happen. So what was? For corporate leadership, I was good at finding people far smarter and experienced than myself, and then I listened to what they had to say. Groupthink, and the opportunity to have others evaluate, give me feedback, and tweak my smartness and stupidity as I built strategy – and executed on it – was the only reason I was successful. Notice that there are three parts to the above statement. Three very important parts that need to be in sync for it all to work. I was very good at finding people far smarter and experienced than myself, and then I listened to what they had to say. Woo Hoo. Three Parts. So What? Each statement means nothing on its own. If you hire smart and experienced people but don’t listen to them, you’re greatly limiting your opportunity for success. If you hire people who “haven’t been there and done that”, or just don’t “get it”, and then take their advice, you could be headed for failure as easily as greatness. I’ve seen both happen on a regular basis. In addition, note that I said “smarter and experienced”. Intelligence without experience means they still have to go through the process of learning what works and what doesn’t. They have to have...
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