Moving earth or moving air in Ethiopia?
Sometimes LinkedIn gets to you at the right time with the right quote. A public health professor in Ethiopia pointed to a quote of Ari Emanuel, co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor, the 'largest and global' talent agency. Mr. Emanuel listed 6 factors for success:
1. Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you and move out of their way; 2. The only constant in business is change. Get comfortable with it; 3. Fail often, fail quickly; 4. Your schedule makes you dumber; 5. You only get one shot – make it count; 6. Good ideas rule all.
A good number of them somehow fell on me in the past couple of weeks. As my assignment with an NGO, supporting a funding application, came to an end I realised I was surrounded by a lot of people that were much smarter then me. There was no lack of change. I failed a couple of times and rather quickly. I was forced into a schedule and was forced out of it as well. I got one shot, and possibly raised seven million. Plenty of good ideas around, not ruling yet.
I have to say, I was rather successful this month. Up for a new challenge!
Also see: Managing and Delivering Peak Performance
My name is Reinier van Hoffen.
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Also find the text of a lecture Dr. Achterhuis held at the 2012 Bilderberg conference.