Notes from Harvard Leadership presentation by Steve Stoute (4/21/12)


Just get to first base.

You are what your record says you are.  (Bill Parcels)

You have to be ok with the guy in the mirror. (Bill Parcels)

You must have a clear mission statement that focuses and dedicates you to what success looks like.

You can’t blink at the point of impact. If you blink, you will get knocked down by what you were trying to save yourself from. This is also known as transparency.

Rely on recall – do it confidently or don’t do it at all.

Correct your flaws now. Don’t wait to get to know yourself to begin.

Bad behavior is contagious – get on top of it right away.

Do what you say you will, everything that leaves your mouth, no matter how big or small.

Have a major and a minor. Differentiate yourself and encourage others to do the same.

Take comfort in discomfort. 

The first two minutes always suck when you go for a run, even when you’ve been running for 30 years. 

You don’t have a great idea until someone says it won’t work. They are going to say that because they are caught up in what they are doing.

Be honest with yourself.  One way – every night a CEO he knows fires herselff before she goes to bed and dedicates herself to doing the things that make her want to rehire herself in the morning.

Be culturally curious.

To discover if someone is authentic, notice how they act when everything goes wrong.

He went to five colleges in 2 years. He learned that he didn’t like college.

He had to win.

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