In an interview several years ago, William Green, the former CEO of Accenture, a Global 500 firm with current revenues in excess of $44 billion, recounted a 3-day training session for new managers in which they were told 68 things that were required to be successful.
When Green got up to close the session, he started thinking that there was no way anyone would remember even half of what they heard. So, he made a move that would have earned a standing “O” from both Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs.
What did he do?
He synthesized the list of 68 items their new managers heard to the 3 core principles which I’ve used to title this post.
- COMPETENCE: Being good at what you do and focusing on the job you have, not the job you think you want to have.
- CONFIDENCE: People want to know what you think so you need enough self-confidence to articulate a point of view.
- CARING: It’s all about the team and in the end, it’s about giving a damn about your customers, your company and the people around you.