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Top 10 Tips : Don ’ t Ignore Your Inner Compass
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Top 10 Tips : Don ’ t Ignore Your Inner Compass

By Paul Hogendoorn ___________________________

When I started this series of sharing the Top 10 Tips gleaned from leading manufacturing companies ( and their leaders ), I planned to share this tip last . I had pretty much shaped the column in my mind and had begun writing it when out of the blue , a friend of mine lent me a book that covers this topic very well . The book : The Bomber Mafia , by Malcom Gladwell .

Although the book uses WWII as a backdrop and speaks specifically about how technology can alter the course of human life , and in particular how wars are fought , it clearly identifies the unique critical elements required for invention , radical innovation and technical advancement .
In our manufacturing world today , similar to how armies and navies were structured and run in those days , adherence to process and discipline is and was revered and rewarded and doing things differently than the accepted practice was not tolerated . Its not surprising then that history altering , paradigm changing technologies , do not come from within large , established organizations , but from outside of them – and usually by people that don ’ t fit well in those kinds of large organizations .
The book articulates key concepts better than I could : 1 ) having a clear picture of something that ’ s
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not yet in existence “ in your mind ’ s ” eye ( I ’ d call than “ vision ”); 2 ) having the tenacity , or as Gladwell refers to it as “ obsessiveness ”, to see something through to completion despite a world of barriers and a legion of naysayers ( I ’ d call that “ entrepreneurship ” - the ability to create something tangible and beneficial from nothing ); and 3 ) the ability to attract and engage others into your dream as full heartedly as you are yourself ( I ’ d call that “ leadership ”). I haven ’ t finished the book yet – I ’ m only on page 30 as I ’ m writing this , but each new page seems to have another “ aha – that ’ s it !” example of this special ingredient that I suggest is the primary differentiator between good companies and great companies ; the best companies I had the pleasure of working with