“He that knows how will always have a job; He that knows why will always be the boss; He that knows both why and how will be a great leader.”
Legendary hockey player Wayne Gretzky was once asked what made him such a great player. His response was: “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.” The same thinking applies to obtain and sustain success in life.
The question then becomes: “How do you know where the puck/opportunity is going?” The way I do is by attending sessions at least twice a year in which world-renowned professors and industry leaders review trends that will have a tremendous affect on companies, communities and careers. It is critical that I do because I serve on the board of directors of corporate, non-profit and academic institutions. I have to make sure that the strategic insights I provide are relevant and not outdated.
This past week, I attended a session at Emory University. (I received my MBA there many years ago.) Within the session, we reviewed global economic trends, U.S. employment and workforce trends, and technology trends. Each topic was very thought-provoking. At the end of each presentation, I asked myself the following three questions:
How do I need to position myself and the people I’m associated with to win?
What new skills do I need to acquire?
What new relationships do I need to build?
You should also be taking time out to learn and ask yourself those same questions. It is very easy not to because of all of the energy and time it takes just to take care of the day-to-day grind. However, if you don’t make the time, you will win today but lose tomorrow.
Upcoming trends are going to create numerous opportunities for change, leadership and initiatives to help others navigate and leverage these developments. Let’s be a great player and go to where the opportunity is going to be.