FOLLOW THE LEADERS (Read time 0:39)
I recently received an email from Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson—perhaps you got the same one. He said, “There’s a massive generational shift occurring that will blur the distinction between doing good for everyone and doing business.”
In his best selling book Rework, Jason Fried said, “In these digital days of quantum change, you need to feel that you’re making a difference. You want your fans and customers to say, “this makes my life better.” You want to feel that if you stopped doing what you do, people would notice.”
In his first interview since the death of Steve Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “We have a maniacal focus on making the best products in the world and enriching people’s lives.” —Bloomberg Business Week 12/6/12.
Seth Godin, author of Linchpin says, “The good news is that more than ever, value accrues to those who make a difference, to those that do work that matters.”
Get the hint? See what's happening? You don't need to be the CEO of a billion dollar corp to understand this thinking. All you have to do is include this philosophy in your career, company, outrageous projects and impossible dreams. You now have the wisdom of the most successful people in the world at your fingertips, along with all knowledge known to man in the palm of your hand. What do you intend to do with all that power?
|Posted By Terry Mullins|
| Apple CEO quote |
Hmmm, I do believe Apple ultimately pursues excellence but I find Tim Cooks quote a little hard to 'buy' in light of the recent Apple Maps debacle where Apple wrote google maps out of the OS6 update to monopolize us into using their lackluster Maps app which one quick google search for opinions will reveal is an utter joke in comparison to google maps. Obviously and sadly, slighting google in their ongoing 'little feud' is more important than providing their customers with excellence.
|Posted By Spunky Munkey|
| The Consumer |
Unfortunately I still think many in the public are hysterical and easily hyped, the value they feel is often the result of clever marketing and they all turn into beliebers.
|Posted By Craig Byrd|
| good in music? |
unfortunately I have seen very little redeeming social value in most of the music that I have encountered the past few decades. It makes me wonder if there really is an appetite for music that actually means something rather than party soundtracks.
|Posted By Mike Pinera|
| All That Power |
Michael, how about we create an infomercial "How To Acquire Total Wisdom and Power in 30 Days." Then we add, "but wait there's more, if you order now you will also receive How To Acquire The Kingdom of Heaven in 30 Days Or Less!" Just kidding of course. I believe one must tune in to the Divine Intelligence and ask for wisdom. Then once we know that our human will has merged with the Divine Will ask for the power to carry it out using the gifts we've been given. I love that prayer which says "take away my difficulties that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy power, Thy love, Thy way of life!" The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Thanks Michael for being there for us.
|Posted By Paula Maya|
| Thanks Michael! |
I don't know if this is the right place to post this. I've tried to sign up twice to receive your blog via email. I get an email back asking me to click on a link. But the link takes me to a blank page. I've already tried copying and pasting the link. I thought you should be aware of this. And can you please add my email to the list? Thanks!
|Posted By Rachel|
| The morality of money |
Hi Michael. As I read Apple's blog I was impressed with their desire to extend compassion. Though money is not my passion, using talents to make a better world,and so serve others is. To live just for money, is seen by example to be a very sad world indeed. "If we've lost our compassion, we've lost our humanity." I have lots of ideas to continue pursueing. Maybe Apple could invent something as small as an MP3 or wave file, that sounds as great as the studio. It is such a shame to cut out all of that great sound when we are recording. It's just finding a way to store sound in something that small...I know it can be done. That would be an invention that would indeed make some money:-) Anyways. Thanks Michael!
|Posted By Lyndah|
| Follow The Leaders |
What do you intend to do with all that power?: Act on it. I Intend to; "let it be so in my life and let it be now!"
|Posted By mark|
| following the leaders? |
I'm not sure about that one Mike. not saying you're wrong. I figure this though; as long as what we're doing in the music business creates value for musicians and others in the biz,we don't need to follow leaders. Maybe we take cues from others success and include them in our business.But if we don't make cash and help others, our business is useless to anyone. If that makes sense. Mark
|Posted By Lisa Jane|
| ditto |
Yes, we should all put our efforts toward recognizing our place in the whole & ask not what our world can do for us but what we can do for our world. But, as suggested in the post by Friedrich, there becomes a need for great vigilance. Already many companies are re-packaging the same land & body polluting junk food, for example, with "green" labels because but are essentially doing business as usual and fooling an uneducated or mis-informed population. It has to be carefully understood what is REALLY serving the wider world & what continues to be self-serving but draped in swankier, feel-good, but still opaque, clothing.
|Posted By Barbara K|
| Culture for the Common Good |
Goods and services with a dual purpose - providing happiness to the consumer and direct benefit to the communities where they live - is an idea whose time has come. It's not hard to do. It's as simple as turning the 'M' in the word 'Me' upside down.
|Posted By Bob Trumbel|
| Changing tracks |
How great that in the times we live in, as we have watched corporate greed slash the economy AND people’s lives, that we can look forward to “Business” changing the tracks they run on, and actually do something FOR the people who buy their products, sign up for their loans, and trust them with their hard-earned money. What can we do to hurry this along? How can we use this new powerful transparency to give the boot to “Bad Business?”
|Posted By Friedrich Conrad|
| Bad companies |
What about the example of the Tobacco companies sponsoring community projects while selling their cancer sticks to the same people in the community? How will we discriminate between deception and genuine concern for and contribution to “the people?”