For the background of this list – see my original post from 2-10-12.
The #19 Rap Lyric That Shaped My Leadership Style comes from Ice T’s song New Jack Hustler from the New Jack City movie soundtrack – classic early 90’s movie by the way, with a great part played by an up-and-coming comedian Chris Rock as Pookie. (Editorial comment – isn’t this entire thing an editorial comment? – If you haven’t checked out Ice Loves Coco on E on Sunday nights – you’re missing the best TV ever! To go from Gagnsta Rapper to Law & Order actor to Ice Loves Coco is a trip beyond imagination!) Ok, here’s the lyric:
“I had nothing and I wanted it; you had everything and you flaunted it…”
I think you can break down most people into two groups: the haves and the have nots. I tend to live my life like a “have not” – which means I push to become a “have”. How does this shape my leadership style? I’m rarely satisfied. I always think I can do better, or do more. The “haves” in the world tend to sit back and become soft – they don’t push as hard any more, they don’t work as hard anymore – they have it. The “have nots” are the exact opposite.
Many that know me would probably say – well, wait a minute – you’re a “have” – great job, great family, etc. – who are you kidding – you’re a “have”! But that’s the real difference – I don’t consider myself a “have” – and I don’t act like a “have” – from a leadership standpoint that means I don’t allow my team to act like “haves”. I’ll blame my mother for this – as Prince said “She’s never satisfied” and neither am I. This can be a difficult leadership trait to have – most people don’t like working for someone who isn’t satisfied easy. Knowing this I work extra hard to surround myself with high potential folks who score off the chart on Results Orientation. I want people on my team – who want it more than I want it! We go to work – every day – we bring it.
I love coming to work for that simple fact – these folks – my team – bring it! They work like they have nothing – and they want it!