Takeaway #20: Whodini on creating organizational success

***Now the party didn’t start till I walked in

And I probably won’t leave until the thing ends

But in the mean time, the in between time

If you work your thing, then I’ll work mine ***


Whodini Five Minutes of Funk; Escape (1986)


It’s a marathon not a sprint.  This is your call to stay the course.  Do not get anxious about what preceded your efforts.  Focus on what you are doing now that you are in the game.

You cannot change what your predecessors in your position did for the organization, nor can you afford to focus on it.  The party starts with what you are doing now.  Do your thing as only you can and do not focus on activities that you cannot control.

More than just internalizing this notion you have to be able to communicate that to your coworkers and subordinates.  The bottom line is that if members are not focused on doing their function, then the organization does not succeed.




Takeaway #144 Murs + 9th Wonder inspire lessons in Goodwill and pricing power


You must give respect to get respected

Treat others how you wish to be treated

You give what you get and the cycle is completed ***

 Murs & 9th Wonder     Pusshhhhh

Takeaway 144:  Golden Rule is obvious, but the fact that it is a cyclical environment that allows for recycling of goodwill is lost.  It is not zero-sum gain.  Remember it is not always an exchange for an exchange.  Goodwill builds overtime.  It becomes more valuable the more you do it.  It takes time because good will builds your reputation.  Your reputation builds your brand.  Your brand is the product that allows you to be valued at a premium.  Give to get.

Takeaway #34 on Allies and Playing Hard but Fair via #GetoBoys

I feel I’m being tailed by the same sucker’s head lights

Is it that fool that I ran off the block?

…Or is it the one I beat for five thousand dollars

Thought he had ‘caine but it was Gold Medal Flour

…I live by the sword

I take my boys everywhere I go, because I’m paranoid

I keep lookin over my shoulder and peepin around corners

My mind is playin tricks on me

Geto Boys   Mind Playing Tricks On Me; We Can’t Be Stopped

It is fine to be competitive, but there is no need to be cut-throat.  If your approach is scorched earth and win-at-all-cost then you will be without an ally and perpetually live in the defensive mode.  This guy has burned every bridge in town, pulling fast cons on people leaving him literally trying to watch his back for fear that someone will do him in.  This is not thriving in the game.

You need a reputation that is above board.  People need to know that you believe in healthy competition, but not cheating at all costs.  It is a reflection on your organization’s standing in the community and allows you to sleep with both eyes closed.

Otherwise you can live by the sword and expect your most fierce competitors to turn you into the regulators at the first infraction they spot in your operation or to gang up against you on any given opportunity.  You need allies beyond the confines of your organization.  Without allies in your field, you will be victim to the cartel that allies against you.  Friends close, but enemies closer.