Graham🐝 Edwards en Leadership, Directors and Executives, Writers Consulting Principal • GPEStratagem 3/7/2016 · 1 min de lectura · 2,9K

Two maxims that have served me well over the years. (Part 2)

You may be asking (or not), "Why a two part post when a single post probably would have sufficed?"  The simple reason is that as I wrote the words and the proverbs came to life it was apparent they were perfect on their own with no commentary needed. An opportunity to stay in the moment of a message that has stood the test of time - And so,  Part I .

Two maxims that have served me well over the years. (Part 2)Part II offers a backstory and some thoughts as to how these maxims have served.

If you have ever participated in an company acquisition you will know they are dynamic events; during my first integration I was involved with introducing a new product offering into the region, implementing direct distribution and supported the drive to "fun" revenue targets. It was an activity that involved operations, finance, marketing and sales in both legacy companies. It was an amazing body of work as I look back on it.

With the integration milestones complete and Key Performance Indicators all green (including the "fun" revenue targets), the integration team had thank you cards made up, signed them all, and sent one to all those we had worked with. On the front of the card we inscribed:

"Help your brother’s boat across, and your own will reach the shore." - Hindu Proverb

Everyone loves when the business is at the top of its game but sometimes though, it is not. I recall a leader on stage as the business was struggling with issues ranging from adoption of new strategies to lagging revenue. At one point she said: 

"If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together."  African Proverb

As I look back on how it unfolded, I don't think many heard her.

I have referred to both of these proverbs over the years for myself and others; I am forever reminded -

  • Anything of consequence is not the result of one person but the efforts of a group of people - When you find your "name in lights" remember this.
  • Look to people who bring strengths to your weaknesses and who think differently than you do.
  • Be generous with your skills, knowledge and insights; it will be reciprocated.
  • There is no such thing as "your job" and "my job" - It is "our job" .
  • Undermining one person undermines everyone - One leader I know refers to this as a cancer that will not be tolerated, and will aggressively remove it.
  • Surround yourself with the best people you can; have everyone work to common goals and expectations that have been clearly defined.
  • When someone on your team stumbles (and we all will once in a while)  lend a hand (figuratively and literally).

May your travels take you far.


Graham🐝 Edwards 8/7/2016 · #6

#5 Thanks for your comment @Charlene Burke. I once at a dinner meeting and made a "toast to our mothers"... it went something like this, "I want to make a toast to our mothers; they brought us into this world, they taught very important things and I allowed us to meet such wonderful people".

Charlene Burke 8/7/2016 · #5

Well said. No one ever reaches the top solely on their own power. They may have always been the leader with the vision, the task master ensuring that all did their work, and/or the innovator who continually challenged herself and therefore anyone on the team. Leaders and winners that get my respect will acknowledge the contributions of those who helped make it happen. And, yes, sometimes it begins with "Thank you, Mom". :)

Graham🐝 Edwards 6/7/2016 · #4

#2 Thanks for your comment @Helen Young.

Graham🐝 Edwards 6/7/2016 · #3

#1 Thank you for the comment @Lisa Gallagher

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Helen Young 4/7/2016 · #2

Wonderful tips @Graham Edwards, the importance of teamwork is something that we can overlook - especially when we focus on putting importance in carving some sort of metaphorical niche for ourselves whether freelancing or in a company.

Lisa Gallagher 4/7/2016 · #1

Great tips @Graham Edwards!