Monday, September 21, 2009

The Burden of Success

Tony Mikes, of Second Wind, the world's largest advertising agency network, talked to me the other day about what he called the burden of success.

Today, with all that people have going on, it's all too common for us to look at opportunities as burdens - something that will get in the way of the other stuff we're doing.

The unique person that grabs the opportunity and runs with it can do wonders and may very well become a superstar. But while that sounds simple and easy, it's not.

In order for a large corporation or a small company to have people grabbing for those opportunities, three things have to take place:

1) The company must hire the right people in the first place
2) The company culture must support and promote that behavior
3) The company must reward that behavior

Do you have the kind of people that love challenges? Does your culture promote that behavior? And can a person do really well when they tackle that new project and make it a success?

Barry LaBov
LaBov and Beyond

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