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Gary Winters

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Leadership, General Motors and the Law of Distraction

The Law of Attraction (to me) is the principle that we don’t always get what we want in life, but we frequently get what we expect. How did someone say it? “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.”

So it’s vital to set high standards for ourselves and our teams, and it’s critical to reframe our own expectations and belief systems if we’re going to make things happen.

It’s also important to be aware of the Law of Distraction, which has to do with all the “bright shiny things” out there that take our eyes off the ball.

A quality that successful leaders share that gets too little attention is their willingness and ability to remain monomaniacal about their vision and mission.

Great word, monomaniacal. It means being single-mindedly (mono) crazy (maniacal) about something.

Great leaders are monomaniacs, and they rarely become casualties of the Law of Distraction.

I fear that General Motors has become an example of distraction with their announcement  (see this article in the Wall Street Journal) that they will partner with Segway to produce a two-passenger, two-wheel vehicle. Is that where they need to be focused?

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