Friday, January 23, 2004
1. Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.
2. The day people stop bringing you their problems is the day you stop leading. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care.
3. Don’t be buffaloed by experts and elites. Experts often possess more data than judgment. Elites can become so inbred that they produce hemophiliacs who bleed to death as soon as they are nicked in the real world.
4. Don’t be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own back yard. If you have a yes-man working for you, one of you is redundant.
5. Never neglect details. Don’t be dulled or distracted, be vigilant.
6. You don’t know what you can get away with until you try. Be prudent, not reckless.
7. Keep looking below surface appearances. Don’t shrink from doing so (just) because you might not like what you will find.
8. Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved.
9. Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.
10. Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, your ego goes with it.
11. Fit no stereotypes.
12. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
13. Picking people: Look for intelligence and judgment, and most critically, a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners. Loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive, a balanced ego, and the drive to get things done.
14. Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers. KISS. Clarity of purpose, credibility of leadership and integrity in organization.
15. Use formula P=40 to 70, in which P stands for the probability of success and the number indicate the percentage of information acquired. ONCE the percentage of information is in the 40 to 70 range, GO WITH YOUR GUT.
16. The leader in the field is always right and rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.
17. Have fun in your job. Don’t always run at a breakneck pace. Take leave when you’ve earned it: Spend time with your family. Corrollary: Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.
18. Leadership is lonely.
19. LEADERSHIP IS THE ART OF ACCOMPLISHING MORE THAN THE SCIENCE OF MANAGEMENT SAYS IS POSSIBLE.