In her new book “Hard Choices” Hillary R. Clinton writes about all the decisions she was facing during her 4 year period in the Obama Team.
Decisions mainly effect people, not only up-coming processes. But there was a great advice which grabed my attention during reading her book. An advice she received right at the beginning when accepting the function as Foreign Minister by the end of 2008. It´s not necessary to mention who gave that advice but this is what she was told: “You should concentrate on the developing course when making decisions”.
In my current workshop program there is no such component of “focussing on the developing course” of what a decision might offer long-termly. I think I´ll take it into my program! Let me give you two examples why it makes sense, one example today…..
The young Robert Bosch, the inventor of the ignition plug (for the motor) was a typical entrepreneur. He struggled hard financially during his first start-up years in 1870 -1880. He asked his family more often than he liked to borrow him money to pay the bills. He tried so many different areas as a beginner, just to get the first few orders in. In the end it was the Automotive Area, the Household Devices (fridge, freezer, stove, oven, washing machine) and building the own production machines which resulted in the todays Robert Bosch Company. But HOW did he build this Empire? He was a small start-up in the new industry nation, working some years for Edison in the U.S.
I know he was a hobby biologist. And he loved the heredity. And although I worked more than 20 years for the company I never read anything if it really happened THIS way as I´ll tell you now, but I could swear it is how he developed his Empire: he took over the idea of natural heredity from plants and flowers and implemented this little idea-seed to build new leaders to grow the company.
IDEA: these first leaders which started with him because they got along very well, only had to pass on their knowledge to the next generation. Internal qualification is a Bosch Standard. He developed a system that everyone could follow to learn from one another to avoid double working, supporting to make less mistakes during production and logistics, plus, it led to more innovation. Early trainings were held internally.
When a leader tries something new and decides for a completely new goal then she or he may also focus on the course of the developing process as an additional outcome. This might sound a bit risky because they can´t ask anyone for advice or experience but – the course will show the direction and it takes decisions to go!
BE A DECISION MAKER. BE OUTSTANDING.
rita jaskolla – Leadership Architect –