DON’T BE AFRAID TO BREAK WITH TRADITION IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE PROGRESS.
LEADERS PUSH BOUNDARIES
People are trained to follow rules from the time they are kids:
- Stand in line.
- Do your homework.
- Put your hand up to ask a question.
Most rules are good because they keep us from living in chaos. And most processes are governed by rules. You drop a brick from a second-story window, and you know it’s going to fall to the ground. You forget to place the order for office supplies, and you run out of staples. It’s simple cause and effect.
Managers often rely on rules to make sure the processes they oversee stay on track. In fact, self-management is basically having the discipline to follow through with the rules you set for yourself. But to move beyond management, you have to learn to think outside the box.
Leaders push boundaries. They desire to find a better way. They want to make improvements. They like to see progress. All these things mean making changes, retiring old rules, inventing new procedures. Leaders are constantly asking, “Why do we do it this way?” and saying, “Let’s try this.” Leaders want to take new territory, and that means crossing boundaries.
Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
LET THE WISE HEAR AND INCREASE IN LEARNING, AND THE ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS OBTAIN GUIDANCE,
SUCCESS IS NO ACCIDENT. IT IS HARD WORK, PERSEVERANCE, LEARNING, STUDYING, SACRIFICE AND MOST OF ALL, LOVE OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING OR LEARNING TO DO.
STAY POSITIVE AND HAPPY. WORK HARD AND DON’T GIVE UP HOPE. BE OPEN TO CRITICISM AND KEEP LEARNING. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH HAPPY, WARM AND GENUINE PEOPLE.
THERE ARE NO SECRETS TO SUCCESS. IT IS THE RESULT OF PREPARATION, HARD WORK, AND LEARNING FROM FAILURE.
Leaders Leading Leaders
A TURN OF A SCREW
ONCE IN A FACTORY, THE PRODUCTION LINE SUDDENLY BROKE DOWN. THE MANAGEMENT TEAM CALLED A MEETING TO FIND A PROMPT SOLUTION AS THAT WAS COSTING THEM MILLIONS PER DAY. THE TEAM ASKED A MECHANICAL ENGINEER WHO WAS EXPERT IN THIS FIELD AND TO COME ASAP AND TO FIND AND FIX THE PROBLEM. THE NEXT DAY, THE ENGINEER CAME AND MANAGED TO FIX THE PROBLEM QUICKLY.
NOW THE ENGINEER PRESENTED A BILL FOR $15,000. AFFRONTED WITH SUCH LARGE SUM, THE CEO ASKED THE HEAD OF PRODUCTION FOR MORE DETAILS ON HOW THE ENGINEER MANAGED TO MAKE THE REPAIR. THE MANAGER TOLD HIM THAT THE ENGINEER, AFTER EXAMINING THE EQUIPMENT, TOOK OUT A SCREWDRIVER AND TURNED ONE SCREW. THEN THE PRODUCTION LINE CRANKED BACK TO LIFE.
THE CEO THOUGHT THAT THE ENGINEER TOOK ADVANTAGE OF HIM AND DEMANDED TO SPEAK WITH HIM OVER THE PHONE. THE EXPERT WAS HAPPY TO OBLIGE. “LET ME EXPLAIN THE BILL IN A FEW WORDS. FOR TURNING A SCREW I CHARGED $1. FOR KNOWING WHICH SCREW TO TURN, I CHARGED $14,999.”