Daily Archives: February 25, 2013

Ready, Fire, Aim

SOFTWARE- GATESDo you recognise the man in this photo? In case you don’t it’s Bill Gates, one of the richest people in the world and founder of software giant Microsoft Inc. What you probably don’t know is how he used the ready, fire, aim concept in his early days to build the foundation of his business empire.

Most people fail to achieve success, not because they don’t know what needs to be done, but because they just don’t do what they should and can do. Perhaps you too have been guilty of this weakness. You have an idea that you know has a great chance of succeeding. You know you would like to implement it but for some reason you continue to think about it and you just don’t take the necessary first steps and get it going.

Ready, fire, aim means when you get an idea you quickly try it out after minimal development. When you live by this concept you don’t waste time procrastinating, you don’t suffer from paralysis by analysis. Instead you take an idea, develop it quickly to a point where you can test it or try it out on a small scale (prototyping) and then make a decision to discard it or refine it further.

When Bill Gates was approached by IBM to develop an operating system for the new IBM personal computer around 1982 he did not have an operating system but he saw an opportunity and jumped onto it. He purchased a rudimentary operating system called QDOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System) and renamed it MSDOS. He did minimal refinement on it and licensed it to IBM. Of course Bill and his team at Microsoft then dedicated themselves to improving this operating system up to today when its successor, Microsoft Windows, is the most popular operating system in the world.

So don’t plan to plan to plan. Don’t wait for perfection because you will probably be waiting forever. Quickly try out your ideas and rapidly move from thought to result. Remember you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Ready, fire, aim.

Nurturing Champions

The silence in the classroom was deathly as all the students stared at the little blind boy who had just been asked by the teacher to help the class find a pet mouse that had gone AWOL (absent without official leave). Without hesitation the blind boy pointed at a spot under some books and sure enough the mouse was found there.

Stevie Wonder

“So what’s this got to do with me?”, I hear you say. If you are interested in leadership, which I know you are, then this has everything to do with you. The blind boy in question went on to become a multi-million dollar celebrity and he attributes the beginning of his self-discovery to this remote incident when his teacher asked for his help in locating a runaway mouse even though he couldn’t see unlike his classmates.

In case you still haven’t figured it out the blind boy was none other that the incredibly talented musical genius Stevie Wonder.

What Stevie’s teacher did is part of nurturing a champion. This is the height of leadership. When you identify potential in people, encourage, challenge, motivate, inspire, reinforce and celebrate their successes you turn poor performance into excellence. How many champions have you nurtured?

They say the best way for you to master any subject is to teach that subject to someone else. You want to be an exceptional leader? If yes then you need to mentor/coach/teach/build someone else to be an exceptional leader. A poor leader blames his followers but a great leader develops average followers/colleagues into outstanding leaders. What type of leader are you?