One of the greatest advantages that has come from our legal battles has been the recruiting and hiring of new leaders at Global Growth. Our new chairman, new chief financial officer, and new legal team all are direct results of the lessons from our legal battles. These are all “first who, then what” hires, and the transformational effect on the business is immediately apparent when you bring on talented, new leaders.
Over the next 40 years, we will go through many more transformational changes. Sustainable greatness requires the never-ending personal growth of everyone in the organization. All our leaders must stretch and grow to survive.
To be sustainably the best requires the continual growth of the competencies of all the people in the organization. This means putting yourself in situations for which you have to stretch and grow to survive. If you aren’t afraid, you aren’t nervous and you aren’t stretched. Therefore, you aren’t learning. As we have discussed, comfort and relaxation together equal your eventual weakness and downfall.
Leadership is about taking your team places they didn’t think they could go—because they were too afraid, nervous, or uncomfortable to go there. Some people are prisoners of their comfort zones. Criticism leads to growth and success. Fear of criticism prevents timid souls from achieving greatness. Leaders must learn by doing and experimenting. Real credit goes to those who are willing to bear the risk of failure by venturing into the unknown and unproven.