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A Common Ailment Affecting Leaders Today

are you ready to lead for BIGG Success?There seems to be a common ailment affecting many leaders today. This ailment isn’t specific to industry. It has affected leaders in both the private and public sectors.

The problem with many leaders today is that they don’t lead. They follow. They respond. They react.

Public sector leaders

Our politicians look at the polls to decide on their positions. Of course, they need to be responsive to the people.

But we need leaders with BIGG visions. Their vision shouldn’t sway with the winds of public opinion.

It may not be popular at a given moment in time. Leaders don’t care.

They do care about importance. Great leaders help their people understand why achieving the vision is essential.

But as we said earlier, this ailment hasn’t just affected leaders in the public sector.

Private sector leaders

We’re told that marketing is everything. Business schools train future leaders to listen to their customers.

It’s now conventional wisdom. And, of course, it’s important. But it’s not enough.

We need leaders who know when to lead. As Henry Ford said, “If I would have asked my customers what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.”

We need entrepreneurial leaders. We need leaders who see things that customers don’t.

We need inspirational leaders who bring innovative solutions to the market. We need leaders who bring customers products and services they never realized – and never would realize – that they needed.

We need entrepreneurial leaders – in the private sector and the public sector. The key to prosperity is leaders who have been cured of this ailment. It will lead to BIGG success.

Are you ready to lead?

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Entrepreneuring Your Work Week to Be a Success

work and play | BIGG SuccessOur ancestors worked six days a week. It was tough work – on the farm, in factories and mines.

As the Industrial Revolution kicked in, the growing prosperity created a desire for more leisure. Henry Ford was a leader in this endeavor.

He wanted his workers to have time to shop. So the five day work week became the norm.

But how many people actually follow this regimen today?

Do you?

We sure don’t.

Almost none of the people in our industry do.

Most professionals we know don’t either.

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Finding your ideal work week

Now we love our work. And we go full tilt. But we have learned to entrepreneur our work week.

It’s kind of like engineering it. But engineering is a science.

Entrepreneuring is a science and an art. So we think of it as entrepreneuring our work week.

Work and play are two of the five elements of BIGG success. You need to find what works best for you in the work/play dynamic.

The only way to do that is by experimenting.

If you’re an employee, of course, your boss will have a say. But even if you’re self-employed, you may need to work your schedule around your customers.

But customers can be led. Chick-fil-A has been very successful and they don’t open on Sundays, even though their competitors do.

What we do

We rotate our schedule. Most weeks, we will only work a partial day on the weekends.

So it adds up to about six days of production in most cases.

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George KruegerWe often approach this time off from two different directions. Mary-Lynn tends to start later than me. I tend to stop earlier than her.

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Mary-Lynn FosterI’m more of a night person and George is more of a morning person. Our point is – your schedule doesn’t always have to align with your partner’s.

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Of course, there are weeks when we’ll schedule a whole day off. We both love our work so we can go and go and go. But I’ve found I reach a point where my get up and go gets up and goes!

The key to making it work

The key for us is getting it on the schedule. If we don’t schedule it, we keep working.

In fact, we did this post to remind ourselves of this very fact. We hope you find it helpful, too.

As we said earlier, our tendency has been to push and push and push. The problem with that is that you eventually run out of fuel.

You need to fill your tank before that happens. And the only way to do that is to get some time away at regular intervals.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. Our terms are to have less routine. You may do better with more routine. If it works for you, it works.

The only way you’ll know is to test out different work / play schedules. Finding one that fits you perfectly will help you reach BIGG success!

What works best for you?

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The Most Important Intelligence Today

locational intelligence | BIGG SuccessIn Chapter 5 of Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill told us about the time Henry Ford sued The Chicago Tribune. The Tribune had published several editorials claiming Ford was ignorant.

For the most part, they were right.

The attorneys for The Tribune couldn’t wait to get Henry Ford on the stand. They would get their proof, straight from the horseless carriage industrialist’s mouth!

Ford’s apparent ignorance

Ford was asked about the date of the Revolutionary War. He didn’t know the answer.

When asked who Benedict Arnold was, Ford said, “A writer.”

Ford thought “chili con carne” was a large Army.

Source for the above three questions: Detroit1701.org

Ford’s response

Finally, according to Napoleon Hill, Ford grew so irritated with the questioning, he learned forward and said:

“If I should really WANT to answer the foolish question you have just asked, or any of the other questions you have been asking me, let me remind you that I have a row of electric push-buttons on my desk, and by pushing the right button, I can summon to my aid men who can answer ANY question I desire to ask concerning the business to which I am devoting most of my efforts. Now, will you kindly tell me, WHY should I clutter up my mind with general knowledge, for the purpose of being able to answer questions, when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I require?”

Who can argue with that?

Locational intelligence

The most important intelligence today is locational intelligence. Where can you find the information you need?

It turns out it’s not so new. Henry Ford used locational intelligence to become one of the wealthiest people in the history of our country.

He understood the two sources of locational intelligence:

  • Tools

    In Ford’s case, it was the phone – a tool that had been invented about four decades before the trial in which he referenced it.

    Today, we have the vast resource of the internet, which was invented about four decades ago.

  • People

    Ford also had people in his employ who could give him the answers to important questions. Today, we also have social networks where we can meet people we would never get to know otherwise.

Henry Ford would love to build a business today. Like him, you can use the tools of the day to get the information you need from the people who have it.

It’s locational intelligence. And it leads to BIGG success!

We may not be that smart, but we’re smart enough to be thankful that you read our post today. Until next time, here’s to your BIGG success!

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Even the Greatest Entrepreneurs Fail to Plan

henry-ford-first-factoryThis is a photo of the Henry Ford’s first factory. It was in this rented garage that he built his first gas-powered car.

He had worked and worked on this car. Now the time had come. He fired it up. It started. He was so excited…it was time to go for a drive!

Then he realized that there was just one problem…

…it wouldn’t fit through any of the doors.

So he did what any entrepreneur in his position would do:

He grabbed an ax and knocked down part of the brick wall!

Even the greatest entrepreneurs fail to plan.

Even the greatest entrepreneurs have to improvise on the fly.

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The Banker Who Nearly Cost His Client a Fortune

ford-assembly-lineHenry Ford had a friend named Alexander Malcomson. He convinced Ford to raise money and do it BIGG. Ford resisted at first before giving in.

Malcomson’s job was to peddle the stock. He asked his attorneys, John Anderson and Horace Rackham, to invest.

Anderson jumped at the chance. Rackham sought the advice of his banker, one of the most respected bankers in Detroit. Rackham explained the opportunity to the banker.

The banker pointed out the window of his office and said, ‘You see all those people on their bicycles riding along the boulevard? There is not as many as there were a year ago. The novelty is wearing off; they are losing interest. That’s just the way it will be with automobiles. People will get the fever; and later they will throw them away. My advice to you is not to buy the stock. You might make money for a year or two, but in the end you will lose everything you put in. The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad.’

Rackham was convinced until he ran into Malcomson a few days later. Malcomson convinced him to take a flyer on the fledgling company. Rackham invested $5,000.

How did it turn out? Rackham eventually sold his stake for $12,500,000.

BIGG success comes to those who listen to the right advice.

Source: The Truth about Henry Ford by Sarah T. Bushnell

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