Sunday, May 29, 2005

You can't behave in a calm, rational manner; you've got to be out there on the lunatic fringe

The title of this post is supposedly a quote from former GE CEO Jack Welch who, according to a post by Tom Peters, said "You can't behave in a calm, rational manner; you've got to be out there on the lunatic fringe."

I half agree, but clearly you can't be out there on the fringe all of the time (like me). The ability to "visit" the on a very regular basis is urgently important, provided that calm rationality is your "home base", as appears to be the case with both Tom Peters and Jack Welch, regardless of what they might say in public. In fact, it is precisely that solid home base of inner calm and rationality that empowers them to spend so much time out there on the lunatic fringe.

-- Jack Krupansky

1 Comments:

At 2:59 PM EDT , Blogger Josh Kerbel said...

I think that you have to spend more time on the lunatic fringe than not.

My experience, especially in dealing with entrepreneurial, non-venture backed companies (i.e. Bootstraped), is that you cannot be a rational person as no rational person would take on those sorts of risks.

The most successful entreprenuers I see play like they aren't afraid to lose...........and it usually scares the people sitting across the table into doing what ever it is the entrepreneur wants done. Doesn't mean this happens quickly or automatically, but I have seen it time and time again...........Who dares, wins (SAS motto).

Not sure if the same hold true in the corporate world.

 

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