Monday Musings

As an editor I get a *lot* of email! Most of it is thankfully moldmaking-related; some is more peripheral. So what does the book Concrete Jungle Survival Guide: Four Steps to Overcoming the Chaos (and Taming the 10,000-Pound Gorilla in Your Midst!) have in common with a past Leadtime Leader? Guess you will have to click if you want to find out…

 

 
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I received an email inviting me to read Concrete Jungle Survival Guide: Four Steps to Overcoming the Chaos (and Taming the 10,000-Pound Gorilla in Your Midst!), in which Coach Micheal J. Burt and Colby B. Jubenville write about how your company’s poisonous culture may be holding it back and tying your hands as a leader. So, they explain what you need to do to put cooperation, growth, and innovation back in the spotlight. It immediately reminded me of 2011 Leadtime Leader United Tool & Mold (UTM). UTM President Scott Phipps abides by a “rhino” principle. He explains, “We don’t tell customers no, we find a way. In a book written by Scott Alexander, Rhinoceros Success, it describes how a rhino always charges and never backs down. Whether we make a mistake or not, we are going to charge forward. Mistakes we can fix; we simply cannot get back time we have lost procrastinating. We are more of a solutions-driven company. We don’t want to just complete quick fixes of a mold; we also want to provide solutions that make running the tool better. We believe in providing the right solution to the customer, not just fix their problem—to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. We call it having a Rhino Attitude.” Read more about the company’s success story here, and stay tuned for our June issue for the 2013 Leadtime Leader Award winners!
 

 

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