Key Points from Bob McDonald

This was from YEARS ago, but I found my notes!

  • Purpose-driven life is more meaningful and rewarding than meandering through life without direction
  • Company must do well to do good and must do good to do well
  • We like to do what we’re good at, and we’re good at what we like to do
  • Character is the most important trait of a leader
  • Put the needs of the organization above your own. Take personal responsibility for organization results
  • “Help me choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.” -West Point Cadet Prayer
  • Diverse groups of people are more innovative than homogeneous groups
    • “We want our organization to look like the [consumers] we are trying to serve.”
    • “To treat you the way you want to be treated, I have to know you!”
  • Ineffective strategies, systems, and culture are bigger barriers to achievement than the talents of people
  • The true test of a leader is the performance of the organization when he or she is absent or after he or she departs
  • Don’t let other people define success for you.

Recommended Books:

  • The Dream Manager- Matthew Kelly
  • Man’s Search for Meaning- Victor Frankel
  • The Rational Solution- Matt Ridley
  • The Leader’s Compass- Dennis Haley
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Aspiring Servant-Leader studying engineering principles, financial stewardship, business management, and psychology fundamentals in order to cultivate passionate leadership, disseminate positive energy, uplift the community and ultimately create a brighter future for generations to come.
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