Business Week Small Biz asked well-known entrepreneurs what valuable lesson they learned from their father. Check out the article and make sure to click through to the individual people to read their stories and advice from their father.
In this ridiculous information age we’re in, it’s impossible to get your arms around the vast quantity of knowledge, advice, opinion and the like that exists not only online, but in the myriad of communication devices we tether ourselves to on a daily basis.
THE REAL WORLD RETAILING TAKEAWAY
Filter. Absorb. Process. Employ.
We have a million points of input every day. Read a magazine. Scroll through your Blackberry or iPhone. Listen to the TV or radio. See a billboard. Overhear a conversation. All of them offer insight, knowledge and advice.
It’s nearly impossible to process it all. And there are nuggets of useable information embedded everywhere. Think about business books. As my friend Bob Hoffman says, “Business books are 80% garbage and 20% useful information. The problem is that you wouldn’t have a book if it was just 20% useful information. So they have to add the garbage to get the book.” The key is to be able to filter the information to get to the 20%, then retain and employ that information.
The lessons our fathers taught us were based on their willingness to impart knowledge. It came down to our respect for them and their wisdom. And our willingness to listen based on that respect. And the fact that he repeated the lesson 150 times.
Take your father’s advice and his ability to impart wisdom and create your own nuggets of wisdom that you share with your teams. And make sure you do your father proud and repeat it 150 times. I guarantee your team will get it, even if they have to filter, absorb and process to be able employ that nugget of wisdom.
How are you imparting your wisdom to your team?