Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Two Executives and the "Stroke of the Eye"

I recently read an account of two executives. Both of them were quite capable and yet one achieved far better results than the other.

The reason?

One assumed that certain things could not be achieved and planned accordingly. He operated quite well within those limitations but only within them.

The other executive brought new eyes to the same situation. Because of that, he explored ways to operate beyond the self-imposed boundaries of his peer. What the other regarded strictly as problems, the other saw as opportunities. Long ago, von Clausewitz ascribed that ability, which he called coup d'oeil, to Napoleon.

What opportunities within problems can you spot today?

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