There were a lot of great messages that came out of yesterday. I’ll skip the overtly political ones in favor of a great business lesson of which I was reminded.
As President Obama was speaking to the luncheon after his inauguration, he said to a room filled with enormous egos (hey – why would you think you ought to be elected without one?) that “today is not about me.” Really? Who, then? But you know what he means – it’s about the people.
That’s the business lesson. It’s not about you. It’s about your customers, your clients, your partners. That has to be your focus 24/7 if you’re going to have, and to continue to have, success.
One of the reasons I’m a big fan of Italian food is that it’s an entire cuisine devoted to getting out of the way of the food. Get great ingredients, put them together, and get out of the way. French food, on the other hand, seems to be all about the chef. It’s way to egocentric for my palate.
Is your business about you? Are you so focused on yourself and your skills (techniques to a chef!) that you’re in the way of great results?