Succeed (Alone) At Your Own Risk

September 9, 2015 by

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” Napoleon Hill, author.

Succeeding alone is difficult, and failing alone is unnecessary.

  1. The best chance of success is to value other’s success above your own. Know how customers and colleagues define success, and direct energy towards making it happen. What delights or supports them? Do it. What annoys or causes difficulties? Avoid it. If you are only concerned with your own success, you may knock your unit-specific metrics out of the park, but let the larger organization down miserably.

  2. There is no reason to fail alone. There can be a tendency to hunker down, keep a stiff upper lip, when the going gets tough. If you are struggling with risks, delays, unsure what to do next, unsure who to ask about what to do next – reach out for help. “Hey, can I ask you a question?” “Can we grab a cup of coffee later today?” “Do you have time for a quick phone call?” People will be flattered that you are asking for advice. And if they ascribe to #1 (which they should), they’ll be interested in helping. Remember, Google, Wikipedia, Siri and Cortana can’t answer everything; at times you’ve got to get help from a fellow human.

“I am not concerned that you have fallen. I am concerned that you arise.” Abraham Lincoln


#AppleEvent on 9/9/2015 ….. I sort of get why the live stream was only available on Safari (and yes, yes, Windows 10). However believe Apple is limiting itself to some extent to existing fan people (I refuse to say fan boys) when it takes this approach. That being said – cool stuff, Apple. A synopsis here.

Jeff Smisek, CEO of United Airlines, was booted, reportedly due to involvement in New Jersey’s “Bridgegate” and issues related to the merger between Continental and United.  Reportedly, the severance package for Mr. Smisek was $4.85 million, in addition to flights for life. One of the issues with the merger was the technology integration between the two companies; a Wall Street Journal article referenced “five major computer problems.” The impact of poorly managed technology is increasingly not lost on boards. CEOs need to hire, value, listen to and retain good CIOs.

Due to Hillary Clinton’s e-mail woes, the word “home brew” has a new connotation, as in “home-brewed server.” In this era of commodity IT and “bring your own device,” it’s easy to set up technology. However, it’s not so easy to set it up right. Whether done through a central IT organization, or within a unit, there’s no excuse or substitute for thoughtfully and carefully planning, designing, implementing and managing technology.


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