I have heard interviews with Olympic athletes in which they have been asked, how come you improved so much? The answer is invariably that they found someone who was better than them and went to train with them, or that they found a better coach who would stretch them beyond their perceived limits.
I may not be an Olympian, but I can adopt the same sort of strategy. I can find people who do what I want to do and go to a class that they are teaching or apply for a job working with them.
There are of course some limits to this. It is, pretty, difficult to get the job working alongside the entrepreneur, or the corporate leader. But, I know, if I could just get the answers to a few questions about how they do things, I would be just like them.
Often the only solution is to read the book they have written about how they achieved their success and try to learn from that.
This is the opportunity provided by this weeks’ free guide to getting things done.
Based on ‘Business-Do. The Way to Successful Leadership’ by Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani, who is the founder and CEO of the Japanese on-line retail giant Rakuten Inc the guide describes the habits that this entrepreneur developed which enabled him to build and lead what Forbes magazine described as one of the 100 most highly regarded companies in the world.
As many entrepreneurs do Mikitani attributes his success to a set of “guiding principles” that he calls “Business-Do.”
In Japanese the word “do” means “the path”, so the title translates as Business Path.
The free guide breaks down Mikitani’s fundamental philosophy for business and leadership into useful lessons that you can put into practice. It is really a record of how he has thought and acted when he has faced various challenges in building and leading a major business.
The free guide demonstrates how these lessons can be applied by anyone in any organisation anywhere in the world.
Training professionals will be extremely pleased that Mikitani places a lot of emphasis on continuous development and ensuring that we all have a system or plan for ensuring that that development takes place.
It is says, Mikitani, only when we bring together a dream with a plan and a system that we can overcome procrastination and get things done, and achieve the sort of success that we only dreamt about.
Mikitani’s dream of empowering merchants in regional Japan with an on-line platform started over two decades ago and has now grown into a diversified company that spans the globe.
Throughout that extraordinary growth Mikitani has constantly asked himself how he can best communicate his method for achieving his dreams and the goals he linked to those dreams.
After all leadership only happens when information about a better situation, a dream or vision, is successfully communicated to people in whys that they can see themselves being part of the reality of that dream.
In the free guide you will learn about
- What does one have to do to be truly successful?
- What one shouldn’t do?
- How to share your dream or vision of the future
- How to communicate your methodology with colleagues
You can download this free guide to getting things done from the learning centre at this link.