52 Books - Book 27
Last week I met a business consultant named Tom Porter. He is the author of a book called, All I Need to Know About Business I Learned from a Duck. Porter's book is a different kind of business book. It includes 88 short business lessons all presented in a simple format with an experience or observation from nature, a picture, and an application to business. As an example one of the pages has a picture of a redwood tree.
I have memories of wandering along the coast of northern California among the tall wondrous trees. These trees surely have some lessons to teach us about business or leadership.
Porter lists a quote from Save the Redwoods League.
Some coast redwood trees are more than 375 feet tall. By contrast, redwood cones are only an inch long. Each cone contains 14-24 tiny seeds…it would take over 100,000 seeds to weigh a pound.
Porter goes on to write:
George Leonard, author of twelve books, former senior editor of Look Magazine, fifth-degree black belt in aikido and founder of Leonard Energy Training (LET) must have been inspired by a redwood seed when he said, “Whatever your age, your upbringing, or your education, what you are made of is mostly unused potential.”
This lesson applies to the leadership process because we often get stuck in the stretch part of the leadership process and forget to reconnect with our vision and take to new actions. We always have a reserve of potential available but it is up to us to know that and then remember it when things do not go according to plan.
A few weeks ago I suggested that you read a poem. If you didn’t try that exercise, here is another approach. Read this book and use the simple, yet elegant, format to take a memory from a time you connected with the land, water, animals or air. Does that memory have anything to teach you about your growth as a leader?
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Every week during 2014 I look forward to sharing books that I am reading. The lens of the leadership process will be the filter for which I recommend books. Books are powerful vehicles for providing us with inspiration and new ideas.