Saturday, December 29, 2007

Mavericks at Work

I am loving the book Mavericks @ work here are some more quotes from the book. Some I have added but most are quotes from the book. Check them out and see how they apply to you!!!

Page 65 “People didn’t have to work for his (McEwen) company, he realized, in order to work with his company”

When we think of going outside of ourselves and our company to learn from others and see what they are doing pride can step in. In Mavericks one quote was “isn’t the rest of the world going to think that we’re stupid?”


Page 69 “Big ideas come from big thinkers: the eccentric genius, the inspired founder, the visionary CEO. Business history is filled with heroic tales of breakthroughs fueled by unique imagination and individual determination. Alexander Graham Bell and the telephone, Henry Ford and the assembly line., Edward Land and instant photography, Walt Disney and the magic of Disneyland.”

Page 73 “Translation: the more smart people you can persuade to look at a software glitch, the more likely it is to get fixed. The same goes for leadership in general. Many eyes, all trained on a specific market or a well-defined business problem, will invariably find opportunities that elude the gaze of a few honchos at the top. Why settle for being the smartest guy in the room when it’s so clear, in so many different settings, that nobody is as smart as everybody.”

Page 73 “Just because you are in charge doesn’t mean you have to have all the answers”

Page 74 “these people don’t have to work for you in order to work with you. But you do have to invite them into your organization and persuade them to give you their best effort.”

Page 76 “Why would great people want to work for you?

Page 79 “Great performers tend to be naturally competitive. They want to know where they stand, they want to know how good they are. They also want to be challenged, to improve their skills. If you ask any top person in any field, How do you improve? They will tell you, By working with people wo are better than me. So the question for them becomes, How do I get a chance to work with, and compete against, people who are better than me?”

Page 91 “You cannot motivate the best people with money. Money is just a way to keep score. The best people in any field are motivate by passion. That becomes more true the higher the skill level gets. People do their best work with they are passionately engaged in what they are doing”

Page 91 “But don’t confuse passion, he reminds business leaders, or the grassroots spirit of open source, with a lack of toughness or reluctance to compete.”

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