How Powerful People Embrace Change
Somewhere between swimming with The Sharks and hugging the new Batman, I knew this conference was something special. No, not because I was able to open the stage for people such as Magic Johnson and other amazing leaders, but because I was able to discuss and hear others impart knowledge on a topic I am truly passionate about: CHANGE.
One of the many wise quotes that stood out during the conference reflects how all leaders need to view change, especially those who are in the innovation field like myself.
Brandon Sawalich, the Master of Ceremonies and SVP of Starkey Hearing Technologies told us to “Embrace change. Don’t be afraid of it.”
Mark Cuban also had a great quote. His was about stubborn executives and how they often deal with the fast pace of change: “I love competing with guys and companies that want to stick their heads in the sand because they are the easiest targets!”
Change can cause pressure, confusion and never-ending stress. My passion is to teach companies and their leaders how to face these problems head on, empowering them to not only survive through change but also to reach newer heights.
Listening to powerful members of society and global thought leaders discuss a topic that I passionately work on every day truly made this conference something special. Brandon and Mark were not the only speakers who nailed the topic of change.
The owner of Starkey and its vision had this to say: “I can’t do it, you can’t do it. WE can do it. Together, we can change the world.”
Starkey Hearing Technologies is a purpose-driven company and through its foundation donates more than 100,000 hearing aids a year to needy people. So it is no surprise that leaders bent on changing the world are naturally attracted to the company and their cause.
I could write for days about my reflections on these few quotes as well as the other great viewpoints and knowledge I heard from the other amazing speakers, but instead I will leave you with some other great quotes from that event.
Former President George W. Bush
Former President Bush reflected on integrity under pressure. “Leadership to me means duty, honor and country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.
Former President Bill Clinton
Former President Clinton centered his presentation around the book “The Butterfly Effect,” saying that he is always amazed at how seemingly small acts of kindness have much larger impact on the world. “We cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs.”
Andy Andrews, who wrote “The Butterfly Effect,” reflected on George Washington Carver credited with saving millions of lives because of his hand in creating disease-resistant crops. He asked the audience, “How much of that credit should go to his adoptive parents who rescued him from freezing to death as a baby?”
Daniel Pink, sales guru and author, talked about the role of perspective. He said, “One of the best predictors of ultimate success in either sales or non-sales selling isn’t natural talent or even industry expertise but how you explain your failures and rejections.”
Former Apple CMO Satjiv Chahil challenged us to transform our expectations of what our product offering can be and do. He gave the example of the HP Beats campaign that elevated a PC laptop to a top-of-the-line portable sound system.
“The businesses that are transparent and authentic are the ones that will draw and keep their most loyal customers.” Randi also joked that she brings up her “snooty” Harvard pedigree because she likes to remind her brother that he didn’t graduate.
The founder of the Xprize and Singularity University: “We live in the most abundant times in history. Abundance is not about providing everyone on this planet with a life of luxury—rather it’s about providing all with a life of possibility.”
The future is coming faster and faster and faster…. Leaders and companies who see the fast pace of change as an opportunity are going to thrive. Those who resist this change and try to hold on to the past are in serious trouble.
If you are a leader in an organization or industry that is facing dramatic change, please contact us today. I will help you be a better leader and give your company an unfair competitive advantage. This is my purpose, and it is also my promise.
We’d love to help you and your leadership team Empower Next.
G. Michael Maddock