Having passion is important. It’s infectious and can inspire an organization. It drives people to achieve more than believed possible. It’s an integral part of the profile of every single great performer I have ever worked with.
Like most people, I grew up with a negative connotation of the term “paranoid.” It meant a person was nuts. Someone who saw conspiracies and thought everyone was out to get them. It certainly wasn’t something to aspire to! So fast-forward a few decades, and in the year 2004 I was having an informal discussion with P&G’s iconic and transformative CEO, AG Lafley. As I was giving him an update, I apologized for “being paranoid” and hence taking a quite conservative approach to a particular project.
No company can operate in a freewheeling manner and stay in business. Discipline is an integral part of any successful operation.
One of the elements that companies look to ensure discipline is through policies. How things should be done. What are the boundaries or limits? How do employees respond to various situations? It’s a long list.
If you haven’t seen it in the news, the US “Powerball” lottery jackpot reached epic proportions, for the first time exceeding the $1 billion threshold.
This news understandably created all sorts of hysteria. Beyond the mad rush to buy more lottery tickets, it has also led to circles in social media reframing the $1 billion-plus number into supposedly creative and “mind-blowing” reconfigured means of looking at that much cash.
Age gets us all, one way or the other. Nothing has been as sobering as seeing several former colleagues and friends struggle in the job market in their 50s. First of all, it hits me hard given that I am 52 myself! And secondly, the people I am talking about were titans in business at one stage, and had companies knocking on their door to steal them away — they were the best at what they did. To see the struggle is, well, downright scary.