Challenging times provide opportunities to re-evaluate. Take stock. Rethink. Reinvigorate. Renew. Dream BIGGER! ...and put all that we have into catching the wind toward that future we long to create for ourselves and our organizations.
Over the years, I've learned a great deal about this artful process from the leadership example, the management philosophy and writings of Kazuo Inamori, just by following his story. He has been named Japan's most outstanding entrepreneur on multiple occasions and is founder of Kyocera Corporation and KDDI Corporation. Dr. Inamori's management philosophy is deeply rooted in values and has been influential when I've found myself unexpectedly at a leadership crossroads, because his simple timeless principles always bring you back to center...to what truly matters. Many of his teachings are integrated into my book, Putting Our Differences to Work, because over time I have adopted them as day-to-day practices and enjoyed sharing them with others --- and seeing the results.
In his newest book, Compass to Fulfillment: Passion and Spirituality in Life and Business (McGraw Hill 2009), he talks extensively about what I call catching the wind. Here are four take-aways:
1. What you EXPECT matters.
Dr. Inamori affirms that it is easy to take a narrow view of what seems real and relevant at the moment. You know those times when the a doubting voice whispers in your ear, "This will never work. It never does for me."
according to our wishes that life doesn't...
In a sense, our lives fulfill our expectations."
holding it firmly in our minds."
Dr. Inamori tells us that if we want to achieve a particular outcome, the first step is to create the image of who you want to become...or the situation you want to come to pass.
and desire it with passionate intensity."
To bring his points to life, he tells a grand story of a lesson he learned from Konosuke Matsushita (1894-1989), founder of Panasonic --- admired around the world and regarded by many Japanese people as the "god of management." He learned the lesson during a lecture many years before Matsushita was so highly regarded. The topic of his lecture was his famous "dam management" theory. I wish I could recount it here in full as Dr. Inamori tells it, but I won't spoil the story, except to say that a profound truth was revealed...
A vague half-hearted desire will never lead to results."
With all the negativity swirling around us day-to-day in these turbulent times, there is an art to catching the wind. Here is the secret...
Think about it
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Warm wishes as you work to catch the WIND for that future you have in mind!
Debbe Kennedyfounder, president, and CEO
Global Dialogue Center and Leadership Solutions Companies
Twitter: @debbekennedy @onlinedialogues
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