My first post I will dedicate to Roald Amundsen - probably the first Norwegian superstar!
The first man to the South pole is in the book "Great by Choice" by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen and made the core example of what the entire book is all about. After reading this book three times, I, of course, had to read "The Race to the South Pole" to understand this story better.
Some of the key learnings from my reading, I'll illustrate with a few pictures:
This is just a fraction of all the very interesting insights and relevant experiences gained from a leader almost a 100 years ago - which is still highly relevant today, according to Jim Collins. I really urge you to read this story, together with "Great by Choice" and see for yourself why Amundsen's way of leading is put as the core example for managing Great companies today!
A summary of the book: http://www.jimcollins.com/books/great-by-choice.html
Find out for yourself why the concepts of "fanatic discipline", "empirical creativity" and "productive paranoia" are the core for leading in a high-risk world. What is your 20-mile march? Do you first shoot bullets, then fire the cannonball? How do you live above the death line?
Or, a little interview with Jim Collins where he quickly shares some of his profound insights:
Listening to what he says:
Or, what I myself in 2005 invented as a new English word "to businessize", which was the source of the name of my company "Businessizer AS". This is what I want to do, and this has been my belief now for over ten years! As the inventor of the word and term, I have taken a full liberty of trying to define the meaning and content of it:
\ˈbiz-nes-ˌī- zər\ (many Norwegians really struggle with the pronunciation)
- to make great business out of great ideas and innovations
- to spot large value creation potentials and find practical solutions to real problems, but not only innovating, but commercializing the solution and scaling the business through being well prepared, hard work, and learning from mistakes. A key component of this is to be an excellent team player, realizing your own strengths and weaknesses, building a complementary team around yourself that confronts brutal facts and challenges the thinking, to build something together larger than yourself
- the word can also have a double meaning with hinting to the importance of Size, Business with no size, is not a success. At least not when your perspective is to make the world better!
Now, as I am unemployed, I am seeking new challenges and opportunities, capitalizing on all my experience with businessizing and growing great companies. Please contact me if you are in need of a battle-hardened soldier, or would like some consultancy services! :-)