By Bill Douglas, an EO Colorado member and CEO and founder of EssentialLink.
I was surrounded by death. I could see it, I could smell it. In 2010, I spent 10 days in Haiti with seven members of my church; this was right after the massive earthquake. In the midst of the horror, the Haitian people were pleasant, grateful and happy to be alive, despite “having nothing.”
A few weeks ago, I found myself in a challenging position with my business, and I really needed some guidance from other business owners who could understand my predicament. I turned to the EO-DC Yahoo! Listserv and sent out a plea for help from my fellow government contracting business owner peeps. What I really needed was some “online group therapy” in how to resolve collections issues.
What resulted completely surpassed my expectations. It was a truly transformational, highly educational experience-sharing forum that resulted in ideas that all participants could implement, and for my business, it led to a total overhaul of my invoicing and collections processes. Ideas included:
Managers deal in improving the status quo. Management is about doing the same things a little better. Leaders deal in uncertainty. Leadership is about giving others the confidence to move forward, helping them believe in their own answers.
A friend of mine, Jacques, is the father of a tennis player. If she loses, he asks “when did you know you were going to lose? Why did you not stop right then?” A leader must be able to regain belief. When a team is winning, the captain can be a manager.
EDMONTON – In the 25-year-old photo, a grinning Greg Gazin stands beside a young Steve Jobs.
Gazin was a 26-year-old University of Alberta student when he met Jobs in February 1986 at the Young Entrepreneurs Organization conference near Los Angeles, where Jobs was honoured as the top entrepreneur of 1985.
Nearly 31, Jobs was already approaching rock star status when Gazin handed him a brochure for the U of A’s Young Executives Club. In the photo, the Apple icon gazes down with his notorious eye for script.