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Younger and less experienced comes with a price

Renaissance Fair sign

 

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(photo: Yesterday we volunteered at Church and at Middle School and then visited the closest dealership.)

Do you know exactly what you want without having to do research, compare statistics, ask questions, etc? Generally not when we are younger and less experienced.

Working hard in an admirable way for a long, long time has an upside. You gain more control of things you had less control of when you were less experienced younger.

Walked into a dealership yesterday after the Saturday school festival and a few hours later walked out striking a fair deal on a new van. Same van we bought 11 years ago. A vehicle and company we trust.

Didn’t even test drive the vehicle. Why would you need to?

PS. Trusting the maker and trusting the seller are two entirely different propositions. Car dealerships have negative, long-seeded stereotypes. It would be great for the sellers to rupture them.

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Usually 50% At Best

Trust. Distrust.

Like.  Dislike.

Do you trust your leader?  Do you like your leader?

Take President Barack Obama, or any President for that matter.  Usually, at best, a President receives between 50-60% of the popular vote.  More or less half. Stay with me here.

What this means is the other half don’t like and don’t trust the President, relatively speaking.

And it’s the same in large organizations and small businesses. Seriously, it is.

Why do we try so hard to be liked, when in reality, the best we can ever hope for is about half.

Take Simon Cowell, from American Idol (yes, many of you hate Simon and the show), while many people do not like him, everyone trusts that he will tell the truth.

And the reason we know Simon will always tell the truth, is because he always does. Sounds simple, but Simon is consistent to a fault. He’s honest even if it’s “bad news”.

And yet, he’s crystal clear about his mission – select the very best singer. Period. Determine the “Gold Medal” winner. Select the next American Idol.

Most don’t like him. Most absolutely trust him.

If trust is the most important leadership characteristic, who gives a flip about being liked?