founder of naked leader
Just please, don’t tell The Police
That I, and we in Naked Leader, steal – regularly And, worse, we actively encourage, support and tell other people, teams and organisations to do the same.
I have even confessed to it in public.
At a company conference, I was challenged by the wonderful Alan Maloney, Sales Development Director Ford Retail about our Formula for Guaranteed Success.
Alan, rather bravely I thought, raised his hand the moment he saw this – in front of so many of his peers, friends and colleague.
‘WOW’, I thought, ‘I’m in trouble now.’
He said: “I am not very happy with your formula David…I think you have stolen it from the GROW model.
I was aghast, offended and lost for words.
Well, for a few seconds – our private conversation (in front of over 300 people) proceeded:
Me “Thank you Alan although I have to say I am deeply upset that you should think that.”
Alan “I am very sorry David, I am not calling you a thief or anything like that.”
Me “No, you misunderstand me, I am upset because we didn’t just copy the FGS from the GROW model, we copied it from every single success model out there, over 250 of them.”
The fastest way to be successful?
Find someone who has achieved what you want to achieve, and do what they did – copy them.
Or, as we did, we gathered together all of the success models, and stripped them down to their common denominator.
As Richard Kirkman, Technical Director of Veolia UK, said recently “clever copy cats.”
Of course, once you have copied someone you will add your own personality, character and ideas.
Still, at the base of it all is this – steal with pride.
Confess all below.
With my love and best wishes