Monday, August 6, 2012

Dead-eye

This week we mark two milestones:  the two-year anniversary of our TAB business and blog post number 50.

We will be celebrating the former with friends of TAB at our Summer Social, to thank them for their support of our enterprise.  Without you our journey would not have gotten much past the start, would not been nearly as fulfilling and surely would not have been as much fun.  We will all refrain, though, from expressing our inner Kool and the Gang.

As to this blog, over the past year we have tried to reflect that journey through our weekly posts, channeling the information, advice, trials and triumphs of our members and the organizations and individuals that make up our community.  It has been given me the ability to pay forward the education that I am continually receiving from the Capital Region business owners, leaders and entrepreneurs who are successfully leading their organizations forward.




What have I learned from these accomplished people who surround me?  There are many lessons, but these are at the top of the list:
  • Vision is critical.  In the words of Henry David Thoreau, "In the long run, (we) only hit what we aim at." 
  • You need both focus and execution. Steely-eyes are critical to sighting the target, but hitting the bulls-eye comes from the ability to execute. 
  • Invest in structure.  Most entrepreneurs do not lack for the desire to improve their organizations, but in many cases failure to scale comes from a lack of investment in organizational habits (processes and procedures) and sufficient time dedicated to installing and instilling them.
  • Strategy and tactics are yin and yang.  As Sun-Tzu once wrote: "Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat." You need both to win customers.
  • Don't do: delegate.  An "Army of One" is an oxymoron. A great leader is first and foremost a coach, who continually pushes forward to the objective, while teaching and instructing to get the most of the talent that he or she has.  It is not possible to do it all yourself.

Thanks to all my teachers and coaches:  we're still in school and the game continues!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on Two Years Al!
I like your observations.

From a fellow Two-Year TAB facilitator, Bob Dodge

Dave Scarola said...

Great experienced-based summary. Thanks for pulling this together!

Claudette Thornton, Vice President said...

Congratulations on this wonderful milestone!
These lessons are critical for all of us too keep at top of mind as we continue along our professional paths! Thank you for helping us stay on course!