Would you consider yourself extreme? Different? Weird? Not normal? Have you ever done something so out of the ordinary that heads turned? People said you were crazy for trying it, whatever “it” is.
You can’t live debt free, much less operate a business that way. Extreme. Author and financial expert Dave Ramsey has proven it’s possible and thousands upon thousands have proven him right. Extreme because debt is normal in our society and debt free is extreme or weird. Extreme wins. Extreme changes lives. Extreme leads.
Extreme is different. Not crazy different but paradigm shifting different. There’s no way a phone can be a mini-computer. A device that changes the way people work and communicate. Extreme but real.
Extreme communicates in 140 characters.
Extreme creates 6 second video clips to communicate (Vine).
Extreme videos a hangout (google+ hangouts).
Extreme creates a job and doesn’t wait for one, as author Seth Godin says, pick yourself.
Extreme delivers happiness but sells shoes on line (Zappos).
Extreme makes buying coffee an experience.
CAN YOU BE EXTREME
The real question is are you willing to be different. Non-traditional. Paradigm shifting different.
- Leading with humility not power and authority.
- Modeling the values of the organization rather than hanging them on the wall.
- Holding your people accountable.
- Providing transparency.
- Leading with love and care not fear.
- Building trust, delegating and letting your people solve problems.
- Admitting you don’t have all the answers.
Former chairman and CEO of General Electric Jack Welch says if you want to move the needle you need to be extreme.
Was it extreme to think every home would have a computer 25 years ago? Probably. Was it extreme 10 years ago to think you would hold a device in your hand and use it as a phone and communication agent? Probably.
Extreme challenges. Extreme is different. Extreme wins.
How can you be extreme and lead?