Hank Williams made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry in 1949. At the time Roy Acuff was known as the King of Country Music. “I was a pretty good imitator of Roy Acuff,” Hank said. “But, then I found they already had a Roy Acuff, so I started singin’ like myself.” It turns out people were hungry for something different. The Opry audience demanded six encores. Today’s success can blind us to the opportunities of tomorrow. But we’ll never know what those opportunities are if we aren’t willing to buck the trend.
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We’ve used this process to completely restructure organizations. It not only clarifies existing roles but identifies roles that need to be created and those that need to be eliminated. When the right people are in the right roles it’s like putting round pegs in round holes and square pegs in square holes. Everything fits. Productivity, synergy and morale improve dramatically.
The following story about Doc Lunsford was published on December 23, 1991. It remains one of my favorites. So much so that I decided to make it a tradition and share it with our subscribers each Christmas. At a time when Christmas seems to have lost much of its meaning in our hectic lives, it is my sincere desire that this story about Doc would remind us of what we are truly celebrating. Have a Merry Christmas and a Purposeful 2020!
We are living in the age of disruption. Of course, the world has always been in a state of disruption, but it’s now happening at warp speed. It’s affecting every industry and field of endeavor. It’s not a question of whether your world is going to be disrupted, it’s a matter of choosing to be the disrupter or the disrupted. If you choose not to be a disrupter you will be playing catch up in a game where you probably won’t catch up. But if you choose to be a disrupter be prepared — you will be attacked by the disrupted.
All too often it’s easy to see the negative in situations or people. The following is a short parable, sent to me by a subscriber that illustrates the importance of perspective. Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don’t have.
Instead of dictating, managers should be “producers” who collaborate with their
employees. A culture of collaboration engages employees. They don’t
just take ownership of their ideas,
but they share ownership of ideas.
Futurist Daniel Burrus describes the difference between change and transformation like this, “Change comes from the outside in, forcing us to react and manage crises. Transformation, on the other hand, whether it is business or personal, always comes from the inside out, and that gives us far more positive control while allowing us to actively shape the future.”
Transformation always begins with the question of purpose. When you are purpose-driven you become proactive instead of reactive.
There’s a big difference between being a manager and being a leader. In the words of John Quincy Adams, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Managers push, leaders pull. People don’t follow managers, they follow leaders.
By Jim Whitt The following story about Doc Lunsford was published on December 23, 1991. It remains one of my favorites. So much so that
February 13th, 2016 by Purpose Unlimited The uncertainty and high tensions of our world and political landscape have made us emotionally raw. Everywhere you turn
February 7th, 2016 by Purpose Unlimited As Mel Kleiman stated in his article, Hiring for Talent vs. Skills or Experience, assume you need open heart