As I indicated in last week’s MP message, as part of my own professional development, I enjoy reading books and articles on leadership topics. They often serve as inspiration for many ideas and initiatives which are currently established here at the firm. Whether written by world-renown leadership authors such as Jim Collins or Patrick Lencioni, or by the CEOs of powerhouse companies such as Zappos or Starbucks, you can always find at least one gem of an idea which can be applied to how you might think differently; approach a challenge from a different perspective; or how to inspire the people around you to reach new heights alongside you.
Our partner Tom Basilo forwarded me the email below discussing “divine discontent” the “agnostic habits” shared by global advertising firm Ogilvy and Mather, which sounded very much like the Withum Way philosophy we embrace here. I like the phrase, “divine discontent,” which is an inner urging that calls us forth to our next growth opportunity. Yet, so often we ignore it or procrastinate on listening to it.
To: The Great Leaders Who Have a Passion for Continuous Learning
“We have a divine discontent with our performance. It is an antidote to smugness.” These words, written by David Ogilvy, Founder of Ogilvy and Mather International Advertising Company, are the company’s guiding philosophy – one that shapes the corporate culture instilling a passion for creativity, innovation and performance excellence. The company and people embrace Ogilvy’s eight habits that inspire and sustain this creative spirit and passion to achieve excellence. He says that these are agnostic habits “required in all our disciplines and are, by no means, proprietary to advertising.”
- Courage – Standing up for what you believe (this habit is the foundation for the others creating a strong foundation for trust).
- Idealism – How great you become depends on the size of your dreams.
- Curiosity – Explain, dream and create.
- Playfulness – Be childlike; have fun; enjoy life.
- Candor – Be terribly, terribly honest and dedicated to the truth.
- Intuition – Listen to the invisible guru inside of you; go beyond pure logic.
- Free-Spiritedness – Two rules: Rule #1: There are no rules; Rule #2: Never forget Rule #1. Be a free-thinker; be an alchemist.
- Persistence – Persistence and determination are omnipotent, always making it better, in search of the best.
I hope this list of admirable habits inspires your inner “divine discontentment” to move you in a positive, upward direction… in your career and in life.