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I suck at sports.
In college, my roommate recruited me to be on an intramural softball team. During practice, I got hit in the face by a ground ball. That’s how bad I suck. A softball that was rolling on the ground, broke the laws of nature, jumped up, and hit me in the face … just to make sure that I understood that the Sport of Softball knows that I suck.
Before becoming a CPA I was a middle school math teacher. Every year, on the last day of school, the teachers would play against the eighth-grade basketball team. In the 70-year history of the school, the teachers never lost. Until I played. That was the first and only year I played, and that was the first and only year the teachers lost.¹ Read more
I finally finished Nudge, the behavioral economics book about choice architecture. At one point the authors were talking about how to structure the choice to become an organ donor. They suggested requiring people to choose one of three options: yes, harvest my organs; no, leave my organs alone, Dr. Frankenstein; and “Not Sure.”
When I heard that,¹ I thought, there’s no difference. Picking “not sure” is exactly the same as picking “no.” Nobody’s going to pull out a dead 22-year-old’s driver’s license, see that they checked “Not Sure” on organ donation, and be like, “Looks like Maybel Ottenberg in Dayton, Ohio, is finally getting that new pair of corneas!” Read more
Building a business is hard – building a great business is even harder. As leaders, we are thinking about strategy, processes, team building, workflow, technology, customer attention and care, pricing, and so many other things every day. In fact, when we sit back and reflect, we know that we are generally ordinary people trying to do extraordinary things. The stories of Apple, Uber, and Amazon dominate business leadership books and leadership “manuals,” however many of us are not running a company like one of these. We are building those Small Giants in our efforts to make a difference in our sphere of influence. However, there are companies in ordinary industries around the world, whose leaders who reimagining what is possible in their very own businesses. In Simply Brilliant, we have stories of companies doing remarkable things in industries like office cleaning, retail banking, grocery, and electrical manufacturing – could we do this in the accounting profession?
William Taylor, co-founder of Fast Company and the author of Simply Brilliant, lays out these stories of success based on 4 principles that rose to the top in his research. Here is a recap of some of those things that seem ordinary but are producing extraordinary results. Read more