As is often the case, I may not exactly know what it is, but I know what it is not.
What is the difference between a leader and a manager?
A leader worries about her people; a manager worries about his boss.
Leaders walk in front and show others the way. They lift the heavy boxes first and, like Tom Sawyer, they start out by painting the fence better and faster than the crowd who gathered to watch them. It is awe that makes the crowd members pick up a brush and join in. But unlike Tom, they stay involved through the process and keep recruiting others. (Entrepreneurs figure out vinyl fences don’t need paint.)
Leaders don’t stop for nearly as many breaks or gather around and watch others, unless they are learning and comparing. They always hoe to the end of the row, even in heat, a rainstorm, or when supper is calling.
Leaders begin to sing out when the song begins, because they know the other voices will soon blend in and hide the fact they are slightly off key.
Leaders seek out the one lagging beyond, find what makes them tick, then challenge them to keep up and to keep time.
Leaders are like the Marines… first in… last out. They don’t punch a clock, they get a job done, even if they mop up what’s left behind.
Leaders work on the system, managers work in the system.
Leaders like exempt over non-exempt. They demand a fair salary, they don’t ever want to be measured as just an hourly wage. But they will work hard and long under one if they have to, even if they get sent home by their manager before overtime rules kick in.
A manager never quits a job until they find one that is better.
Leaders rarely get fired. But they often get fired up. They will quit any job that asks them to do something they don’t believe in. But they will work at any job if the reason is strong enough or they have given their word.
Leaders are shepherds with a staff who call out with their voice, not sheep herders that ride horses with lots of smart dogs that nip at your heals.
Entrepreneurs know you need to be both a leader and a manager… in that order. They always start with a leader, and then find a manager.
They know a great leader is the ultimate solution to any problem. They pay ten to a thousand times more money for a great leader than a great manager… in a heartbeat.
What is the difference between a statesman and a politician?
A statesman, or stateswoman, wades into the fray, a politician maneuvers through it.
A statesman fills his hand against the odds. A politician feels the odds against his hand.
Ethics and law are a statesman’s guide, with greater good as the motive. A statesman is honest when nobody is looking. He speaks up even when he is the only one in the room who is willing to.
He would serve for a single dollar, and often do. He would love to put down the heavy burden, but only do when those he loves and is duty-bound to uphold are out of harm’s way.
Entrepreneurs are the statesmen (and women) of business.
What is the difference between faith and belief?
Faith is action, it is of the body. Belief is thought, it is of the mind.
Faith comes after hope, which is the fuel of the heart… desire… purpose… motive.
Faith is an assurance that what you have seen happen before, though you don’t see it now, will happen again… if you act and work.
Faith knows its enemy is doubt.
Belief hopes to become faith someday when it grows up.
Faith is based on truth. Belief may not be based on anything.. It doesn’t know.
Faith will risk it all and is willing to pay the price for every blessing. Belief flees because it isn’t sure, and wavers when things get really difficult.
Others look at faith and say “I get it!”
They look at belief and wonder if they get it.
Faith only wonders why.
Belief worries how.
Entrepreneurs know that belief turns to faith based on truth, assurance, and action… always action.
What is the difference between learning and understanding?
Learning goes to the source by itself, practices and rehearses, engages, memorizes and teaches back, and walks away with a treasure.
Understanding watches the teacher do the problem on the board and gets it then, but can’t figure out the ciphers in the textbook at home in the evening.
Learning goes to Lynda.com for $25 a month, where every software package lies at its fingertips, and in six months figures out how to start a company building websites.
Understanding gets a degree after four years, finds a job, and then works for somebody else for six years to pay off student loans.
Understanding is the counterfeit of Learning.
Learning goes to school to sit on the front row and ask questions.
Understanding takes notes to pass a test.
Learning cares much more about the quality of the question.
Understanding cares more about the completeness of the answer.
Training is what the trainer does. Learning is what sticks.
Teaching is what a teacher does. Learning is what student does.
Learning is the valuable residue that is left over after Teaching occurs.
It is measured if it can be applied.
Learning leads to an education. Understanding leads to a degree.
Learning leads to an entrepreneur. Understanding leads to an employee.
Entrepreneurs don’t spend much of their time as an employee.
Only long enough to learn on somebody else’s dime, and from somebody else’s understanding.
Entrepreneurs don’t usually have an MBA, but they hire as many of them as they can.