What do basically all entrepreneurs have in common these days? They have all relied on the wisdom of others in order to bring their visions to life. As Isaac Newton famously said, “If I have seen further than others, it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
Whether you are developing the next Instagram or are creating a cheaper and faster toaster, there is someone out there whose experiences and words of wisdom are priceless.
The good news is we’ve done the work of piecing some of the best together. We have collaborated with TalentCulture to compile 101 practical leadership lessons that can help you get your idea off the ground or take your growing business to the next level.
In honor of the giants whose shoulders we’ve stood upon, we have assembled an eBook to share the wisdom we couldn’t live without. The Little Book of Workplace Wisdom: 101 Leadership Lessons You Can Actually Use, is a compilation of quotes from the best and brightest business minds of today.
And you need creative, dedicated people to implement your seemingly impossible mission. But the workforce is rapidly shifting in just about every industry. Today’s gen-y applicants demand more freedom and flexibility, autonomy, and the fulfillment of a higher purpose. Most of all, they need supportive leaders who will listen to their needs.
How will you attract the best workforce and nurture their best work? Heed the advice of professionals who have led incredibly successful teams, created revolutionary cultures, and have redefined the modern workplace. You can learn from their successes and avoid the mistakes that they have made.
“Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time leading yourself—your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers.”
– Dee Hock, Founder and CEO, VISA
“Let everyone know where you need help, or where there is room for improvement. When that part-time assistant hears that there’s a bottleneck in inter-organizational communication (and that you welcome ideas for solving it), she may well go home, brew up a pot of coffee, and, using her front-line experience, come up with a brilliant idea for breaking the bottleneck.”
– Meghan M. Biro, CEO, TalentCulture
“Thinking about your purpose is actually pretty crucial to your success as a company and a brand: Not only does it give customers something to believe in, but it will inspire your team to think bigger and make your product better.”
– Hiten Shah, CEO, KissMetrics
“Lean out into the future. Pretend you go in a time machine, three years out. Write down in three to four pages exactly what your company looks like. Describe every aspect of your company at that time. That’s your ‘painted picture’. Then hand that vivid description to your team. Now that they can see what you can see, they can figure out how to make it happen.”
– Cameron Herold, Backpocket COO
As a leader and entrepreneur, creating an addictive culture and cultivating a world-class team are your responsibility. Don’t go it alone, download The Little Book of Workplace Wisdom for free and access 101 leadership lessons to inspire you on your quest towards greater leadership and success.
What words of wisdom have most influenced your success? On whose shoulders do you stand? Leave a comment below.
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