Imposters All!; Success; Inspiration is for Amateurs; Passing of a Legend

“What we wish, we readily believe; and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.”

Julius Caesar
100 B.C. – 44 B.C.

Imposters All !

If you’re a high performer, it’s likely you’re an imposter; or at least think you are. So says one of the best bloggers in the world, marketing guru Seth Godin. Low performers tend to overestimate their competence and high performers underestimate it. Spend a few minutes with Mr. Godin’s latest blog entry; if you’re a high performer you may feel a little better about yourself after reading it!

Are You More Successful Than You Think?

If you’re still doubtful about your success after reading “Imposters All” above, try answering these 7 Questions from Inc Magazine.  “If You Say Yes To Any of These 7 Questions, You’re Much More Successful Than You Think.”

Inspiration is for Amateurs

The most important thing we ever manage is ourselves. An important aspect of that is motivating ourselves to get things done. But what gets in the way of productivity for many of us (and our employees) is waiting for inspiration to arrive. This short article makes it clear that  “inspiration is for amateurs” and that the key to motivating your self is very simple and completely under your control. Take two minutes for the real key to inspiration.

Passing of a Legend

Peter Schutz, the former CEO of Porsche AG passed away this week at the age of 87. In last 25 years of his life, Peter presented to Vistage groups around the world over one thousand times. A Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, he shared with tens of thousands of Vistage members the lessons garnered from a great career at Caterpillar Tractor, Cummins Diesel Engine and then at the turnaround of Porsche; especially his rejuvenation of the legendary Porsche Model 911 and the resurrection of the Porsche racing program.

Just a few of the gems from his talks to groups over the years include:

“Decide democratically; Implement dictatorially”

“If you listen carefully to your customers, they will explain your business to you.”

“The boss has the authority, but the employees have the power, because the power resides in those who can give or withhold the necessary effort.”

Peter offered our members much more than can be shared here. I urge you to purchase his book “The Driving Force: Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People” for a deep dive into his wisdom. For a review of a great life, check out his obituary from the New York Times.

Rest in Peace, Peter.  And thank you.

MAKE IT a great week.

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