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You have an idea, now what?

April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s not surprising for me to just sit with friends, family or even strangers and in a very short period of time, come up with solutions to abstract problems or ideas for a new business.

So what next? What does it take to turn that idea into reality?

This is what I notice of those that have the ability to execute. I want to list just a few of the attributes:

Drive  – They have this internal drive to take action – to “Activate”. Some call that “impatience”…
Leadership – They don’t shy away from leading, and taking the reins.
Making key decisions – They are not afraid to make bold decisions…to take risks. They move up the ladder of inference quickly. They don’t get bogged down by details or regulations. They are willing to aim and shoot and then re-aim and re-shoot.
Achieving results – They are very results oriented.
Overcoming obstacles – Obstacles don’t discourage but rather energize. They may even see that as opportunities.
Keeping things moving – They have a knack for maintaining and taking advantage of momentum.
Promoting innovation – They embrace new things, ideas, technology. They try almost everything once. They also encourage others to do the same.
Working towards challenging goals – They enjoy getting people on board to solve problems together.
Convincing others – One of the most important attributes is the ability to sell, convince, negotiate and persuade others to their point of view.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you have these traits, chances are you are probably making things happen, otherwise, try to surround yourself with those that do.

Good luck…

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Knowledge is not power – it’s a weakness, Part II

April 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Action is the foundational key to all success.
Pablo Picasso

I received a strong reaction from my previous post on Facebook and accused of being on an anti-intellectual binge or something like that…

So I re-read the blog and I still didn’t see how that reader got that impression.  My point is that, accumulating knowledge or information in order to impress people or become a walking dictionary is not impressive…at least to me. At one time, that trait might have been valuable. The ability to recall information, data or references when books were scarce or where there are no internet access might at one time been useful. Okay…if you a trivia game fanboy, then yes.

I am sure you have been in the presence of the Monday night Quarterback (I am not a football fan but I thought that description/label was spot on for many). They are so knowledgeable. They can recall stats, plays, and give you a run down how the team should be managed, how a play should have gone down, who should/should not have been drafted, and why. They question is how many of those have built and coached a successful team?

I was recently in a retreat where the attendants were divided into 4 groups – the Activist, the Reflectors, the Theorists, and the Pragmatists. Your truly was in the Activist group (they enjoy new experiences/problems/opportunities, like to generate new ideas, love to take action, solve diverse and difficult problems and take risks). Well they other groups took turns introducing their traits but took the opportunity to take pot shots at the activists for their impatient trait…the trait that drives them to generate results.

Well, that is okay because I am balanced with other traits, the ability to Ideate, Strategize and communicate (according to Gallup’s Strengths 2.0). I guess that is why quote like the following catches my attention:

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan
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