Be Less Irish and More American in Business
Americans have a unique business ethic. So do the Irish. What happens when you combine the two?
In 1989, President George H. W. Bush was visiting the USS Aircraft Carrier ‘Forrestal’ (CV-59). Needless to say that on the day of his visit, everybody on board had been briefed about the big day. As part of his tour, The President wanted to go onto the flight deck to inspect the jets, first-hand.
En route to one of the F14 Tomcats, the entourage passed a Marine who was busy sweeping what was an (already) impeccably clean piece of the deck. Rather than ignore this, in order to get to the more exciting business of getting into an F14 cockpit, George W. stopped to talk to the crewman. The crewman was asked what his job was on board the Forrestal.
Most of the entourage were expecting to hear stories about the task on-hand, the endless drills, the meticulous cleaning, the seemingly inane repetition, the maniacal attention to detail and the importance of duty, large or small, on board a U.S. Aircraft Carrier. However, the Marine simply replied, ‘I defend America from Her enemies’.
This is typical of the military’s laser precision and focus on the ‘bigger picture’, and something we need to embrace as Irish or Irish-Americans in business. -Jon Ryan
While the task being performed by the Marine could be perceived as being menial, everything becomes much clearer (in terms of what you’re doing and what needs to be done), when your goals are 100% congruent. Similar focus needs to be applied when you’re running your business whether here in Ireland, or abroad.
When did you last stop to think about the bigger picture? It needs to be at the forefront of your mind at all times. Do it often. Then do it again. It’s not a bad thing to frequently remind yourself of why you went into business in the first place; don’t get distracted from your end-game. It happens quite easily.
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