So, this has to be the funniest headline (for me at least) I’ve ever come up with. It has been inspired by me watching several key people in several businesses (big and small) shoot their feet off (as recent as last week); and all for no reason. So, to break down the title. Some religions believe the cow is a sacred animal. Many other religions like to eat the cow! So the conflict emerged as the saying, “there is no sacred cow”; in other words; you may be slaughtered! So it is an idiom, that Wikipedia puts best as “Sacred cow (idiom), something considered (perhaps unreasonably) immune from question or criticism”.
If you run a good business, you are disposable. If you structure your business where you are not disposable; you are an insecure egomaniac. Or, you are a narcissistic sociopath. Either way, you need help and your business will most likely not work. The idea of trying to always be right, and ignoring the voice of your employees and/or customers is a bad one. If you do not own the business, and instead are an employee/associate; be really careful about this. The idea of thinking, “my boss needs me” or “this company will fail without me” is probably going to leave you unemployed and broke.
Basically, what I am saying, yet again is:
My advice, even though you did not ask for it, is that you remain humble. Always listen and learn. Never believe your own hype; and stop talking about yourself. My wife told me yesterday that people who die early use the word I a lot more than people with a long life. I’d believe that. Try to gain your success through the success of others. Build, or be a part of, a team. Through collective intelligence and hard work; everything is easier. I am extremely proud of the team we’ve built at the companies I am lucky enough to be a part of. The people at the companies I am no longer a part of were also some of the best and brightest. As leaders, we have to put ourselves in the right position to allow our teams to thrive.
Define your Core Values today. If your company doesn’t state their Core Values (or live up to them); find another place to work!
Here are the Core Values we live by at the 2020 REI Group.