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A magazine is simply a device to induce people to read advertising.
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And an integrated life is one where you're able to fit the different pieces of your life together in seamless fashion.
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As he went along, Beethoven certainly had great ego about the kind of work he could produce. But you know he took a lot of hits because he wrote stuff that was pretty challenging and far out there for the time. He was therefore not as popular at the time. But he was writing for the music.
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Be like Curious George, start with a question and look under the yellow hat to find what's there.
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Because whatever timeliness and trendiness has happened six years before is gone by the time you get there.
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Ha, well you see... this notion of a balanced life, I don't think I'm ever going to be able to have that... but I can have what I call an integrated life.
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I can't even think of a company that was as bad and yet still alive as Nucor in 1965. I've never come across one that is as mediocre as Nucor was in 1965. And yet somehow they found a hedgehog concept.
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I mean... the thing about Nucor is that it didn't even make an ounce of steel when it started its transition. Didn't make an ounce of steel! Today it's one of the best steel companies in the world.
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I think ultimately being Level 5 outside of the leadership arena means two things: number one, it means that whatever work you're involved in - and we are always involved in work in some kind, even if we're not building things in an organization - that our ambition ultimately becomes for the work.
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If I had a personal wish for the new ideas in this new book it would be that every parent, every counselor, every teacher, every professor, every sports coach that deals with young people would understand the three circle concept.
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If you can help other people understand those truths - and in my mind, the only way I know to do that is with large scale, multi-year research projects, where you start with a question and then very rigorously and comprehensively answer that question.
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In fact in BTL, I was hoping the book would do well, but, you know, when you're doing that kind of project you can't be timely and trendy.
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In our research, the definition of self-actualization is discovering your hedgehog concept and then pursuing it with excellence. That's what it means to self-actualize.
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Ironically, I will probably never build a great company or an enduring great company or maybe a company at all.
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So my answer is, YES, everyone can find a hedgehog concept. If these companies can do it, anyone can do it. And anybody who says they can't is simply whining.
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So, that single idea of always first who, then what, has had a huge influence on me and I hope to continue to be able to make progress on it.
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That the potential to become Level 5 exists in you and me and the people we work with and that it is then a process or a journey to nurture that seed... in a culture by and large that doesn't reinforce it.
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The answer I have is, you know, there a lot of things you can try to build to last. And what we try to do in our work is to come up with ideas that will last. Ideas that will stand the test of time.
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The first is that instead of writing a sequel, which is what most people do, this is in fact a prequel. Although we didn't know that when we began the process.
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The idea of always starting with confronting the brutal facts of reality, not just hope as we learned in the Stockdale paradox.
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The point of that is, if you look at Walgreen's history, they've always been pioneers in the application of technology. They're the only drugstore chain that I know to have their own satellite.
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The way you want to respond is to ask a question: Is this technology directly relevant to our hedgehog concept? If the answer is YES, then we want to become pioneers, not in the technology, but in the application of that technology specifically linked to our hedgehog concept.
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There's no reason for Gillette to be world class on the web, but there's every reason for Gillette to be world class in producing billions of high powered razor blades at low cost.
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You harness the technology to accelerate your flywheel AFTER you've reached breakthrough and after you have your hedgehog. Not before.
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