There are two kinds of people…two kinds of executives, two kinds of entrepreneurs, two kinds of CEOs.Which one are you?
We love this:
"There are two kinds of people… One kind, you can tell just by looking at them at what point they congealed into their final selves. It might be a very nice self, but you know you can expect no more surprises from it. Whereas, the other kind keeps moving, changing. With these people, you can never say, "X stops here," or "Now I know all there is to know about Y." That doesn’t mean they’re unstable. Ah, no, far from it. They are fluid. They keep moving forward and making new trysts with life, and the motion of it keeps them young. In my opinion, they are the only people who are still alive.” excerpt from The Finishing School by Gail Godwin.
This is especially true today.Adaptability, flexibility, versatility, sociability, and insatiable learning comprise the absolutely essential traits of successful companies, brands, CEOs, founders, executives, and employees.
This is also why smaller, more nimble brands and agencies (and even individuals) can often be a lot more effective than the global players.But, in those cases where the big guys combine their awesome infrastructure with processes that allow for innovation, new projects, and the testing of all kinds of new things – look out.This is also why the right “acqu-hiring” arrangement can take things to the next level.
As your company grows or, as an individual you get really really busy, it can get wayyyyy too easy to slip back into convention, and let innovation (and the passion and energy that comes along with it), slide a bit.So, it’s critical to always step back and get in touch with why you started this ‘amazing’ thing in the first place.You want to do something disruptive and collaborate with other cool, smart, amazing people, remember?
This means that encouraging your employees, partners, associates, outside consultants, collaborators (whatever you want to call them) to work on things they are really passionate about (on the side, in-house) will always, always add to your bottom line.Your best advocates and most important influencers are right under your nose.