…and an introduction to another American politician’s leadership principle; Colin Powell’s 40/70 rule:
'Don’t take action if you have only enough information to give you a less than 40 per cent chance of being right, bit if you have waited until you’re more than 70 per cent certain then you have waited too long'.
But perhaps the most interesting idea he introduced me to was in regard to leading change and the journey to your destination, and how your first actions might not be directed at that specific point. Hirst notes that change is usually portrayed as a linear process, with a start, middle and end, but rarely is the path that smooth.
He also points out that often the starting point – business as usual – is well established and likens it to a stake driven into the ground.