“When courage, persistence, faith, and action meet, they wipe out the fear that holds us back from achieving our greatest level of success.”
Business owners would do well to follow a few of the examples set by Abraham Lincoln, long considered one of the most respected presidents in American history.
One of the most notorious aspects of Lincoln’s administration was that it was largely comprised of his rivals. One of the best examples of this is Lincoln’s choice for Secretary of the Treasury. The job is typically reserved for those who agree with the president’s policies, and have a strong desire to remain above the political fray while ensuring the nation’s fiscal sanity.
Lincoln saw it quite differently, instead believing that the Treasury — and every other department — should be run by someone who was highly capable of the job, regardless of their ambitions, political viewpoints, or personal relationships with the president.
Lincoln boldly appointed Samuel Chase to lead the United States Treasury. Lincoln did this despite Chase’s well-known political ambitions, and his thinly-veiled efforts to undermine Lincoln for his own political gain.
The same pattern can be seen in Lincoln’s appointment to what was then known as the War Department. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton rarely saw eye-to-eye with Lincoln on policy matters. He was the best man for the job, however, and that was good enough for Lincoln.
At every turn, Lincoln followed a basic business philosophy: hiring capability regardless of ideology. Business owners could learn from this example, as we often expect the ideal worker or partner to look or think a certain pre-conceived way, which blinds us to possibilities.
Rather than leading without any debate or argument, and rather than picking those who merely agree with everything we believe, consider picking a team full of rivals and strong-minded professionals who will set the business up for success. All ideas will be properly debated, vetted, and implemented — but only if they’re the best ones for the business.
A business that enjoys healthy debate among its employees and leaders is one that makes the best decisions for the entire company, rather than the best decisions for the company’s owner. Out of a brief ideological struggle, a commitment to sound leadership and decision-making can emerge.
Do you have the right plan?
The right strategic plan for your business includes:
1) the best strategy to follow
2) a written roadmap so there’s no confusion as to what your team needs to accomplish and when
In no time, you’ll have a strong plan to follow so your company wins.
Why play the game of entrepreneurship if you’re not going to win?
Today’s Question: What was introduced by Barclays Bank for the first time on June 17th 1967?
Previous Question: What phrase is said to be the most often printed warning in the history of the printed word?
Previous Answer: “Close Cover Before Striking”
These are the words of caution that appear on most matchbooks.
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