This past week, I was saddened to hear about the passing of Steve Jobs co-founder of Apple Computers. I’ve been an Apple fan for years. I find their products easy to use. iPods changed the way we listen to and purchase music, and some say iPads may have a similar effect on books and magazines. I think it is safe to say that even though you may not own an Apple product, their influence on technology made competitor’s products different and better. As a leader, Steve Jobs was a perfectionist who had a vision for his company and its products.
At a keynote speech in 2007 he stated, “There’s an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love.’I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.’ And we’ve always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very very beginning. And we always will.”
So where are you skating? Where is your office headed? Are you making changes that will put you ahead of the competition or are you chasing the puck? What about TSO and its direction? Our board of directors has always tried to be progressive, and in many ways we have achieved increased success by being ahead of the curve. We always try to make decisions and head in a direction that moves us closer to the goal. Unfortunately, the goal keeps moving and so we as small business owners, and as part of the TSO family, need to keep our skills and our skates sharp.
Keep in iTouch.
Dr. Roland Montemayor