Twitter succeeded (albiet maybe not financially) with the simple concept of public social messaging limited to 144 characters. Google gained dominance on “search” long before adwords, gmail, GoogleDocs and the litany of applications. Amazon revolutionized the online shopping mall but now delivers server farms, phones, video content. Godaddy? Much the same, they made it easy to by a domain, now they up-sell hosting, websites, privacy features and I think they just offered to come clean my house next month. We’ve all seen clearly how Microsoft evolved (or maybe devolved depending on your perspective) from the titans who revolutionized computing with graphical interface into the global titan who does…? Xbox, Office, phones, yada yada yada…
All of these business cases typify “More is Better” and then strive to make the business case that “Much More Must Be Much Better”.
This quest for ‘more’ is the beast inside each leader howling to take charge. ‘More’ wages war against Best, Humanity, and the quality of life. This isn’t a blog rant about working less or killing all of your corporate dreams. This is a blog post about effectiveness, purpose, priorities and the allure of the next shiny thing. Dollars, pride, competition, and even boredom derail leaders and organizations from excellence.
Aren’t we all tempted by this in our personal lives too? We have the jitters to ‘do something’, read something, play something, conquer something. We quickly and easily lose site of more intimate personal goals to deliver high quality, meaningful relationships, experiences and legacies.
Consider what would happen if we were to forgo world domination and concentrate on excellence in our work, in our relationships and in our personal health.