In this “story”, authors Ken Blanchard and Don Hutson allow us to follow the fictional journey of a young man and his wife as they start a successful business and most importantly keeping the business. The One Minute Entrepreneur is subtitled as “the secret to creating and sustaining a successful business.”
The dialogue is a little bit awkward at times, but as advertised, there are a great many tips to starting and running a business;
“at any given time, we are becoming the average of the five people with whom we are most closely associated. Don’t ever underestimate the importance of whom you choose to be with. And remember, when you have an opportunity to learn from someone who is exceptionally smart or successful, capture the gems they send your way.”
This one hit home with me again as I lived it when trying to get that promotion. My main competition was a colleague who had the same job title, though she had it longer. I knew the right people, but…
“That cliché has bee around for a long time…who you know can be important, but what matters is who knows you and what they think of you…”
I was on the elevator with my colleague when one of the folks who would have a say in any promotion got on also. I knew him, but he started a long, friendly conversation with my colleague. I knew that I was toast.
“How do you create an organization where ducks are busted and eagles can soar…the way to create eagles is to treat your people as partners so they feel empowered to act like they own the place.”