Is it the one who is afraid to rock the boat OR is it that “Christopher
Columbus” daring to discover new territories? Is it the one who milks
the organization OR the one who nurtures his/her company? Is it the
one who just holds on to his/her hat OR is it the “change master”?
Many might say there’s a striking difference between “theoretical”
leadership and “applied” leadership… as many times, what is written
is not what actually happens… and yes, many times, it’s true.
That is why I say, Leaders should be proactive NOT reactive…
Leaders should be creative NOT traditional… Leaders should be
“change masters” to anticipate and adapt to the volatility of business
while seeking to improve it's environment.
Therefore, since theory could vary from actuality… “more than” just
relevant experience, Leaders NEED imagination and character; for the
Only REAL difference between theory and actuality is the “percentage”
of CHANGE that A Leader can handle.
See, if most CEOs are just “figure heads” who are scared to touch the
“status quo”… if most are just “puppets” who can’t stand his/her own turf…
it’s no wonder why these crisis has been cyclic as they are simply afraid
to REALLY take charge.
Traditional CEOs would probably look at this fact with sneer…
as “skeptics” have one thing in common – “lack of courage”.
Remember, Harry Truman? "The buck stops here."
Yet, many companies are pitifully led and content with their class C “leaders”.
Something must be wrong. No wonder organizations are wanting in REAL
Talent… suffering turn-overs left and right… and just producing mundane
Realize that everything starts from the Top… it’s even the “law of gravity”.
As in building as well… if the “cornerstone” is weak, so would be the
Yet, how did they become CEO??
To be an admirable and dependable TOP honcho – you need FIRE.
Consider Rule Number 62 from “How To Become CEO” by Jeffrey J. Fox…
People who belong to the “should’ve club” are always saying, “I should’ve done
that”; “I could’ve done that”; or “I would’ve done that.” The “should’ve club” is full
of non doers, the risk averse. They never go for it. They are so afraid of losing,
they never plan to win.
The “should’ve club” is boring. The members never get cut or scratched. They
never miss a shot in the last second. There are no reprimands, and they make
no waves. There is not an Arnold Palmer or Chris Evert or Larry Bird in this club.
The “shouldn’t have club” is the place to be. This is the winners’ circle. Each
time you admonish yourself with “Gee, I shouldn’t have done that” there will be
ten other times when the results will prove you should have.
No guts, no glory.
See, “status quo” is simply “cowardice.” Yet this trend continues to affect
companies and society unchecked, why? Structured Thinking.
In the Holy Bible, we can see the ultimate example in JESUS… to which we
now relate it to organizational terms. Here, being the son of a carpenter (lack
of education or experience), the Pharisees (board or others with the power to
recruit) could not accept Him as the Messiah (CEO). They believe that the
Messiah should come from their “known line” (traditional hiring process or one
of them) of kings… without regard to the miracles (ability, etc.) he has done.
So, what did they do? They crucified (ship out or ignore) Him…
ONLY to repent (benefited by another) in the end.
Haven’t we learned?? People like these are bound to Succeed.
If we let cowardice, pride or envy govern us… we will just keep on with
mediocrity. There is just so much to accomplish... and there's no perfect
time but now.
"Perhaps the biggest responsibility of any corporation is to own up
when it makes a mistake." - Lee Iacocca
An “Achiever” could already be amongst you yet you Never noticed. But if
we continue to live with this conventionality… “robots” would soon take over.
Funny? It’s your choice.
The Age of Knowledge is at hand… but are you “ready” to move forward?
“Your legacy should be that you made it better than it was
when you got it." - Lee Iacocca
The Deserving CEO has his/her own Mind.