I sat next to a woman on my flight this weekend who was returning from an intensive corporate training session for an well-known chain. When I asked her if she could define the central belief of the company she responded, ‘profit is in the little details.’ That is an actionable sentiment but I was perplexed as to how it could reflect the organization’s core belief. It might be a ‘how’ in Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle but not the ‘why.’ It was a safe response but not different or inspiring. After three weeks this was at the top of her mind. It reminds me of Hugh Macleod’s cartoon about climbing a ladder to nowhere. The tag line feels like progress but it is unsupported. As Simon says, ‘people do not buy what you do they buy why you do it.’
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