Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Intro and food for thoughts

Hi everyone, my name is Juan Burgos. I am doctoral student specializing in the field of knowledge/learning management. I have like 14 years of experience working multiple industries – an MS in Information Technology and a BA in General Studies (History). Oh, yes I live in California – my profile can be found in linkedin (nothing crazy) three connections! I guess I am not good at networking… I will let someone else start the “vision topic”.

From a dreamer perspective I will have to agree with Jim Collins in his book Good to Great; you find yourself the right people (Type 5 Leadership) and get them all in the bus and forget about the rest! They will figure out how to get there! There is more to it, but I like it because is simple. I usually say, “Drop me in, support me and forget about the rest”! I would tackle the problem from inside out – anyhow these are three books that I would recommend to find how the top companies are managed: First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently (Hardcover)
by Marcus Buckingham (Author), Curt Coffman (Author); 12: The Elements of Great Managing by Rodd Wagner and James K. Harter;
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't by Jim Collins (Hardcover - Oct 16, 2001).

Well, if we are going to talk about strategy lets start from the start (when talking about managing) – picking the team. It won’t really matter how the companies are managed if we don’t know first the style of the person that is managing it (or so I think). We need to remember that in business a lot of decisions are made on the fly – it requires judgment and balance – a clear vision that the company is first! That can be “thought” as passion for your product; without there is nothing to talk about. Below some type 5 leadership traits –

embody a paradoxical mix of personal humility and professional will; ambitious, but first and foremost for the company and not for themselves
set up their successors for even greater success in the next generation
display a compelling modesty, are self-effacing and understated
are fanatically driven, infected with an incurable need to produce sustained results; resolved to do whatever it takes to make the company great, no matter how big or hard the decisions
display a workmanlike diligence—more plow horse than show horse
look out the window to attribute success to factors other than themselves; look in the mirror to blame themselves when things go poorly
attribute much of their success to good luck rather than personal greatness

The top companies share something in common that I know; they hire right and they hire the “best of the best”. Food for thoughts. Thank for inviting me to your blog Ricardo.



MBU - Spreadind Strategy said...

I am trying to pick the RIGH people up!!!! I am trying to build a thinking team. I am trying to get the best of us, to produce in the future (don't know when) something realy HUGE, POWERFUL, UNIQUE. Stay connected and Top Strategists will amaze you.

RTodd said...

I love to talk about business strategy so thanks for the blog opportunity. It’s funny how strategy was something you get annually. Not too long ago, some foreign firms were talking about 100 year strategies. Today, we seem to have strategy discussions three or four times a day. Ok, that’s an exaggeration but with technology today you had better be ready to roll fast. One of the best examples is the iPhone; within weeks of its launch hackers had opened it up to access other networks and service providers. And, within three months an iPhone replica product appeared and by some standards was better, more open, and cheaper. Do you think anyone saw that coming?

MBU - Spreadind Strategy said...

Hi Rtodd,

thanks for your comment. Your comment is our asset now.

But I thik Mr. Jobs forgot his core business when decide to sell the iphone with an operater inside... His business is the mobile not the calls revenue. Their sells are huge, but their approach reaching the market was wrong, in my humble oppinion...