As a statement of intent,“Set Europe Ablaze” is about as clear as possible.
“No governance system of principles, rules, and checks and balance can substitute for a great partnership.” — Ray Dalio
Outcome-focused work is deliberate. It is direct. It is controlled. And it is transformational.
When presented with new and better information — data — the great leader will eagerly and enthusiastically change her once-strongly held opinion.
The system — from education to on-the-job training — teaches people how to be workers, not executives.
My brothers and I have an ongoing debate: who is the best basketball player ever?
Each leader has her style. Some are consensus builders, while others are benign dictators.
One way to measure a person’s impact is through her peers’ opinions and memories. By this standard, John Whitehead was a giant.
In my experience, the most difficult people to deal with are those who lack self-awareness. They are so difficult because their system of truth is one-way; without knowing and improving their own limitations, they project all shortcomings on others.
In 1869, a guy named Marcus opened a small business to purchase promissory notes in New York City. More than a decade later, Marcus recruited his son, Henry, and his son-in-law, Samuel Sachs. They formed Goldman Sachs.
The best moat — the structural advantage that an organization can establish early-on and strengthen over time — is to be purpose-driven.
If Chris does a lot of (1) and avoids (2), he will be separate himself from the pack.