One of the most thoughtful voices on transformative challenges and disruptive change is Geoffrey Moore. His books are must-reading in business schools, but are applicable to anyone seeking significant growth or change. I’ve spoken on the topic of personal and industry change at various conferences. After one of my speeches, someone connected me to Geoff. I enjoyed meeting him since all of his books are in my private library at home: Crossing the Chasm, Inside the Tornado, The Gorilla Game, Living on the Fault Line, and Dealing with Darwin.
Twitter claims over 100 million users. You can’t watch much television without hearing about this social media behemoth. The U.S. Republican presidential debates (is it just me or are there more debates than ever?) even have questions coming from Twitter. I’ve seen CNN randomly scrolling tweets on the bottom of the screen like a stock ticker tape.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has written two memoirs of her life. Read Extraordinary, Ordinary People and you will feel like you really know her personally. She writes about her parents’ unconditional love and the values that helped her grow into a polished diplomat. Read her latest memoir, No Higher Honor, about her time serving in the Bush administration and you will follow her experiences from National Security Advisor to Secretary of State in the aftermath of 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond.
Quick! Results Needed
To be successful in business today, you have to make an almost immediate impact. Anything less is no longer acceptable. The name of the game today is results, and results had better come quick!
Hanging in the family room of my childhood home was a needlepoint that my oldest sister carefully crafted. It was a picture of eight owls on a tree limb, and underneath had the words “there’s always room for one more.” That saying was almost a family mission statement. My parents decided to open the family home to anyone who had a need. Some people would live with us for years and became as close as another sibling. Others would stay a night or two, needing help with a problem or a place to sleep. I have many interesting stories and experiences from this unique way to grow up. I learned more about people and perspective than I could have imagined. I learned to respect individuals as they were. The problem that brought someone to our doorstep didn’t define them, and neither did their race or religion.