EXCELLENCE, NOT AVERAGE, IS MY MEASURE
I am motivated to take something good and make it the best. In fact, I have a history of transforming good organizations into great, high achieving organizations.
I am intrigued by the unique qualities of each person I meet. I am impatient with generalizations or “types” because I don’t want to obscure what is special and distinct about each person. I instinctively observe each person’s style, each person’s motivation, how each think, and how each build relationships. I hear the one-of-a-kind stories in each person’s life. That explains why I know that one person prefers praise in public and another detests it, and why I tailor my teaching style to accommodate one person’s need to be shown and another’s desire to “figure it out as I go.”
This attention to other people’s strengths helps me to draw out the best in each person and allows me build productive teams. While some search around for the perfect team “structure” or “process,” I know instinctively that the secret to great teams is casting by individual strengths so that everyone can do a lot of what they do well. I push people in their strength zones.
Some leaders scoff at my day-long interviews. But I rarely make hiring mistakes. The best organizations (teams) have the best people.
I am impatient for action. Only action leads to increases in performance and high productivity. I know I will be judged not by what I say, not by what I think, but by what I get done. This does not frighten me. It energizes me.
I tend to avoid those who want to fix me and make me well rounded. I don’t spend my life bemoaning what I lack. Rather, I capitalize on the gifts with which God has blessed me. It’s demanding, but it's more productive. And, it is also more fun.