“You can influence people with your imagination. Inspire them with your ideas. Impress with with your intentions. But you’ll irritate them with your inability to innovate through your incessant inaction!” – #Futurist Jim Carroll
People don’t like people who talk a great game and then don’t deliver. Those who boast of their greatness & who are really, actually anything but. Those who tell the world that they are really, really big, but are actually, very very small.
Innovative, future oriented people see right through leadership failure – & know it is happening before its eventual result. (While, sadly, others cling to the past & try to relive past glories, but which in the end run is really but a futile attempt that leads to significant failure!) The modern day Apple seems to be skewing to the latter type of leadership.
Steve Jobs was an inspirational machine, delivering on his visions to redefine and disrupt entire industries – he acted! The Apple of today, with Tim Cook at the helm, might be enjoying great market & revenue success, but seems to simply be tweaking around the edges, delivering new emoticons and buggy software updates that infuriate the customer base.
Consider Elon Musk. Despite the ongoing debate over whether Tesla will actually make it or not, he inspires and irritates people – but is getting things done. Cars are being delivered.
One of the golden rules of the future Is this: businesses don’t fail – leaders do!
I’ll never forget the time I gave the opening keynote for the leadership meeting of a large, multi-billion dollar wholesaler. A comfortable industry, solid profits, a determined future. Except, it’s pretty likely that Amazon will destroy their current business model, and they’ll need a new one.
I wrote about this experience some time back, with my daily quote reading: “”Never underestimate the ability of remarkable individuals or successful companies to implode!””
I’m watching the company and guess what – it’s imploding!
Never forget this : action is oxygen!