Are you a rule-maker or breaker? Get out front and stay there. There are rule-makers, rule-takers and rule-breakers:
- Rule-makers codify strategies within an industry.
- Rule-takers play by those rules.
- Rule-breakers change the game.
— Adapted from Competing for the Future, Harvard Business Press.
Two steps forward. Instead of using the familiar expression “One step forward, two steps back,” keep things optimistic. When facing a setback, say: “Two steps forward, one step back.”
Fear no one. Newspaper publisher Creed Black went after sacred cows, including the coal industry and the University of Kentucky basketball team.
After his Lexington Herald-Leader published a series about illegal payments to basketball players, one reader wrote: “May the sprays of a million polecats fall upon your presses and linger there through eternity.” That series won the paper its first Pulitzer Prize.
Black went on to increase the paper’s Sunday circulation by more than 60%, and, in a decade at the Knight Foundation, quadrupled its endowment.