Your empire, like Rome

Doesn’t fall in a day…

The common cliché is that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, which is true for the most part but equally important is the fact that Rome didn’t fall in a day either. It took almost four centuries of very small, incremental, poor decisions that led to the gates of Rome being crushed by the Visigoths in 410AD.

Yet that is how people look at their health, their careers, their relationships, etc. That is also how organizations and businesses look at their prosperity…like it was suddenly 410AD, the city is on fire and barbarians are at every door:

 “I’m not sure what happened, I just woke up one day and was 50lbs. overweight.”

“Why does my boss say that my skills are obsolete?”

“Why does every one I know say that I only call when I want something?”

“Why is my business behind on revenue, employees are quitting and competitors are taking my market share away?”

What’s worse is that people then look for “magic bullets”, “90 day weight loss plans” or some other quick fix to save the day. Unfortunately, it took small incremental improvements to get in trouble and it takes small incremental improvements to get out. After the fall of Rome, it took almost a thousand years (that’s 1000 years) for Western Europe to emerge from the consequences.

If you, your organization or your business are in a bad place create a plan for small, daily, incremental improvements and stick to it! Understand that you didn’t get here overnight so it won’t reverse itself over night…but you can move the needle a little each day and it will add up.

Sack of Rome by the Visigoths on 24 August, 410 AD by JN Sylvestre 1890
Source: Wikipedia

5 Leadership Tips for 2012 – Forbes

Mike Myatt, in his article post for Forbes below shares some excellent thoughts on leadership for the new year. They speak well to the first three of the four cycles of Black Belt Business;

  1. Self-Mastery
  2. Skills Mastery
  3. Team Mastery

It cannot be stressed enough how powerful following these cycles, in the exact order, are for creating sustained excellence in your professional and personal pursuits. From people like Steve Jobs to John Wooden to Theodore Roosevelt, the formula appears over and over. The best part is that it does not matter who you are or where you are in your profession or life. You don’t have to aspire to become a “Teddy Roosevelt” to benefit from doing good things for yourself and your career. Just move FORWARD

Mike’s bonus tip is my favorite, probably because I’m right there with him having read close to 75 books in 2011 and have the same goal to read 100 books in 2012. It has been said that Theodore Roosevelt read one entire book per day throughout most of his life before his presidency. That’s serious reading!!

5 Leadership Tips for 2012 – Forbes.