June 29, 2006
News & Opinion: Do it right the first time
One of the pertinent points that Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis made in an interview that looked at leadership but soon spread to other topics was this: its too hard to be successful in the NFLor in any businessif youre always putting good money after bad. To him, thats what do-overs, screw ups, are about and plenty of sayings come to mind, like my mistake, for instance. Well, all that is, is people allowing mediocrity to happen, he said. In business the shelf life, the window of opportunity is too short and you have to focus your people on that. Theres not an opportunity to get many chances back. If you dont do it right the first time, you dont really have time to do it again.
And when asked what trait most annoyed him as a leader, his answer was swift: jealousy. Not lack of effort, not unpreparedness, not alibis - but jealousy. I would not have guessed that answer in a thousand years.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.