When my partners and I started business, it was clear we were in this thing together because we shared something in common. Above and beyond friendship we had a passion for quality design, worked for numerous agencies and moonlighted like most designers. People ask why we are called Nomad and this is partly why, we are always on the move looking to be better. Kind-a-like “Johnnie Walker”
The weapon is the extension of the fighter – Bruce Lee
I heard this statement from one of Bruce Lee’s action movies many years ago in my late teens and it only made sense when I started running a business and this is how. In the days of Bruce Lee, fighting depended on the preparation of the fighter, a weapon was merely a tool to give the fighter advantage to compete at more than arm’s length. The fighter also needed to train on how to use their weapon of choice.
Today, we see a lot of gun crime because the fighter using the weapon has more than 3 arms’ lengths advantage and they do not have to be trained to use the gun as a weapon of choice. When we started out in business, it didn’t take long to realise that simply having design and experience in advertising was not enough to run a design and advertising business. This realisation has led us to seeking out people that know these things better than we do to help us. Any business is the “extension” of the founders. It is impossible to find a growing business founded and led by individuals that aren’t growing. It is also very likely that the business will take on the “CORE VALUES” of its founders/leadership. Don’t expect untrustworthy people to run a business on trust as a value.
This weekend, we spent 2 days with the GAZELLES International at the Business Growth Conference learning how to apply the Rockefeller Business Habits for Growth. We were privileged to have a 90 minute one-on- one coaching session on Thursday with Terry Wren the founder and president of Workplace Resource of Oregon (www.wroregon.com) and Kirsti Tcherkoyan CEO and Co-founder of OPTIONS4GROWTH and for purposes of keeping this blog brief I will say it was AWESOME!
We met many other coaches and wonderful people but we (Nomad) had a great connection with Terry and Kirsti. Sometimes all one needs to grow is listen and learn. Connecting with these very successful and yet humble people was quite an experience.
I must say, we also learnt by observation. We have been left with homework to do and tools to help us do it. In other words, we have been trained both as fighters and given highly effective weapons to win!
“There’s a business-war going on and victory awaits the army whose troops know the difference between responsibility and accountability!”
This year’s take out has been FUNCTION ACCOUNTABILITY, You either have a situation or you’re not in business!
Thanks to all the Gazelle coaches and mentors and to Transform African Ministries.
See you 2018