My time at Wheatstone Academy was one of the most significant learning experiences of my life, mostly because I received challenging and difficult instruction from my boss on a regular basis. That boss, Brian Nick, has now become a friend and has been blogging like crazy at the Young-Manager.
His first major series is on the intersection between the impulse to create and the business world. In part two (my favorite thus far), he dismantles the notion that the business world is driven by greed. He gets in a Plato reference for good measure, and then turns to Henry Ford and Jack Welch, two icons of the modern business world:
At the turn of the 20th century Ford worked for years in his garage to create an automobile with a viable gasoline-combustible engine. By all accounts he was like a kid in a candy store when he was working on his cars. He just loved working with his hands while created cars. Later, as CEO of The Ford Motor Company he worked to create an America where every American could drive a car.
At the turn of the 21st century Jack Welch has been touted as the greatest living CEO. He moved GE away from old-line manufacturing to information and financial services, and lead the charge for GE to become one of the first truly global Fortune 500 companies. So what does Jack spend his time talking about as he talk about business in books, podcast, print column, and lectures? Not greed, that’s for sure. Candor and passion for business seem to be his favorite topics. There’s an unspoken but underlying theme of business as a vehicle to create something great, which permeates everything he says.
Indeed. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.