6 Things Executives And Innovators Are Prepared For

There is not saying more factual than what one of the founding forefathers Benjamin Franklin said: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Leaders expect the unexpected. That is why they are leading! Preparation is the key to success. Business is kind of like the game of chess; you need to be a few moves ahead if you have any chance of winning.

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Is your business prepared for the changes in your industry? If you hesitated or were doubtful to answer yes, than this blog post is for you. As a leader, it is your responsibility to have all the answers. Here are 6 tips from some very wise people on how to prepare.

  1. Maximizing efficiency in manpower. Abraham Lincoln was famous for saying: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Maximize the preparation time and minimize the effort spent in labor.
  2. Developing your team. Thomas A. Edison said: “Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability…. We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.” In order to capitalize, you must be ready to deliver.
  3. Expecting the unexpected. Benjamin Franklin also was known for saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Never be caught off guard.
  4. Being ready for a longshot. Oprah Winfrey is known for: “I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been lucky.” If people did not believe in luck or long shots, Las Vegas would not be a city everyone has heard of in any part of the world.
  5. Focusing on the objective. William Shakespeare said in Henry V: “All things are ready, if our mind be so.” Just a few moments of mental preparation can put reality into perspective.
  6. Technological advancement. Robert H. Schuller said: “Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.” None of us were proficient the first time we used an iPad.

I know what you are thinking; I have heard these before! But did you ever take the time to contemplate what they actually mean? As humans, we tend to over-complicate even the simplest things. All of these quotes came from leaders that were prepared. Each person quoted had a tremendous impact on a vast outreach of people. Are you prepared to be a leader? How far will your leadership reach?

Exercise for the day: Take a moment today to identify something that you have complicated that is really quite simple.

Christopher Gould – President

Gould Design, Inc.