Below are a few of my personal Ism’s that I have developed over the years. Unfortunately, they do not have any weight coming from me as opposed to Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, nonetheless, here they are:
- Whole of sums: The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. A group of individuals is just that – a group of individuals. Collaboration and coordination will produce greater results than complete autonomy.
- Do things right: While there may always be more than one way to arrive at the solution, the method is equally as important than the outcome. Neglecting the details will produce poor results. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
- Do the right things: Integrity is one of the most valuable commodities. Taking the high road is not always the path of least resistance. Be prepared to fight for what you believe.
- Mistakes are learning are opportunities: Embracing mistakes that are inevitable and learn from them. There is no excuse for making the same mistake twice. Learn vicariously through the mistakes of others.
- Be dependable: Timeliness, punctuality, and reliability are the keys to being dependable. Do as you say and say as you do. When people reliable on you the most be there to support them fully without question.
- Keep it simple: Things are often unnecessarily complex for no apparent reason. Messages should be clear, concise, and to the point. If a K12 student cannot understand you – simplify.
- Relentless pursuit of continuous improvement: There is always room to improve. No excuses for not trying to find a better way. To innovate one must execute.
- Money will follow: Focus on the other isms, building your craft, and personal conduct to achieve desired monetary outcomes. Be patient for opportunities.
- Time cannot be replaced: Time is the one thing that we always seem to have too much of and not enough of simultaneously. Utilize the time available to its optimal potential. Understand how best to use yours and get after it.
- Step away to see the picture: Like post-impressionist art, if you are too close to the painting you may not see the true picture. Refocus attention by stepping away to survey the landscape.