Go!

Inspiration to initiate

Poke the Box

I recently re-read Seth Godin’s Poke the Box.  In the words of the author, this book is “a manifesto about starting”.  I re-read it because of the frequency with which I encounter the disease of not starting.  CEOs I work with sometimes become frozen for a period of time in a state of non-starting.   In addition, everyone who has employees has, at some time (constantly?), had to deal with an employee who refuses to take any initiative.

I have lifted the following four statements directly from the book, in hopes that this short list will cause CEOs (you) to move into action, or cause you to see how to move an employee into action.

  • “Please stop waiting for a map.  We reward those who draw maps, not those who follow them.”
  • “The person who fails the most usually wins.”
  • “Keep starting until you finish.”
  • “Companies that grow after year five do so because they embrace the discipline of poking.”

I hope at least one of these resonates with you and causes you to act.  If you want to see these in the context of the entire rant, it should be easy to find a copy of the book.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s