for any person to successfully lead others, he or she must deal with reality and be ready to accept the fact that leadership, at times, can bring out the worst in us. And understanding, as well as coming to grips with the darker side of your personality, is key to dealing with real-life situations.
—Donald T. Phillips
Lincoln On Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times
The key to failing without quitting is to shift your paradigm to believe there is no such thing as true failure—only feedback.
Two choices determine success: which specific customers to target and how to create a compelling value proposition for those customers. If a strategy is about just those two decisions, it won’t need to involve the production of long and tedious planning documents.
—Roger Martin. “How to avoid the ‘comfort trap’ in strategic planning”
Visionary managers always look ahead to a desired end. Whether they envision an entirely new product, a market that doesn’t yet exist, or a more flexible organisation structure, they know where they want to be and then work backwards to find a way of getting there.
Average is so popular because average is familiar.
Sometimes marketing is like magic. It can capture your dreams and take you to imaginary places. Usually, it is more like the sound of a cat fight—intruding on your peace and leaving you frazzled.
Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy
(Via Fred Bals)