Robert Kiyosaki and Where Change Begins

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If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you know that my first premise for growth is, “No organization can consistently perform at a level beyond the capacity of the senior leader. Therefore, if you want to grow an organization, you need to start by growing the senior leader first.” In essence, “Grow the leader, grow the organization.”

In light of that, you’ll quickly guess why I was so pleasantly pleased this morning when I read an article in Entrepreneur Magazine by Robert Kiyosaki on “You Can Rebuild It.” (July, 2009, p. 28).Robert_kiyosaki

Midway through the article, Kiyosaki, using his own company as an example of change (literally reworking the entire fabric of what they do and how they carry out their business–which is good strategic work), makes the following statement.

“As a young Marine Corps office, the following mantra was drilled into my head: ‘There are no bad soldiers. There are only bad officers.’ Reminded of this mantra, I realized that if my company was to change, first, I had to change. So the melting down (his metaphor in the article) began with me.”

You’ve got to love that! Kiyosaki gets it. He was using an old model that worked for a while, but in order to remain competitive and grow his organization–especially in this economic climate, he knew something needed to change. And if something was going to change, he knew that “something“ needed to begin with him.

In fact, in the article, he shared three questions he knew he needed to ask himself regularly throughout this change process.

  1. What am I afraid of doing?
  2. What am I not saying?
  3. What can I do better to serve my customers?

Three great questions. Over the course of time, he found a series of answers to those questions that then began to impact his actions. “And once I began to change,” he writes, “the company changed.” Exactly!

Game, set, match!

So, how about you? Where do you need to begin changing so that your company or organization can begin a new growth curve? Remember, “Grow the leader, grow the organization.”

To your accelerated success,

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