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Mike Tyson on Leadership

Everyone’s got a plan, until they get punched in the mouth.
– Mike Tyson –

While speaking with our Plumbing Manager, Phil, he talked about this quote from Tyson. I wonder if Mike meant to make so much sense when he said this. I don’t know Mr. Tyson, and I probably never will. I don’t know, in what context, this quote was taken. I have to assume he was being literal with it, and was referring to his boxing prowess. However, it applies to every aspect of our life. Think about it.

It’s extremely easy to have a plan for all areas of your life. It’s easy to sit down and come up with an action plan for virtually any topic. It’s actually relatively easy to get started on most action plans, as well.

The problem comes when you get “punched in the mouth.” The problem comes when your delivery doesn’t show up on time, your billings are late, your sales person doesn’t show up for his appointment, your go-to guy starts working for a competitor, your best employee gets sick for a week, etc.

What do you do when you get punched in mouth? What is your back up plan? What do you do when there is a set back in your plan? How do you handle adversity?

Do you have a Plan A, Plan B, and even a Plan C?

When you have a contingency plan for things that can happen, it gives you the opportunity to shine, like never before. It gives you the opportunity to excel in front of your customers, and show them what you are made of. It allows you to compete without worrying about what could go wrong, and hoping that it doesn’t.

When you have plans in place for when you get punched, you are able to recover quickly, shake off the hit, and keep moving forward. You may even be able to counter with a few shots of your own.

Conversely, if there is no Plan B,  and you take hit to your chin, you end up hoping that you are “saved by the bell.” You avoid that phone call from the customer, and wait it out over the weekend, to buy a little time. You procrastinate enough to come up with a temporary fix to the issue, and then HOPE that the band-aid sticks.

The problem is that those companies that approach their problem solving this way, don’t learn. They keep putting band-aids on, and eventually it all breaks, and they find themselves 1) Out of business, or 2) Trying to withstand a big loss.

So, which are you? Are you the type that has some ideas in place, so that when problems arise you are prepared, and they get handled, and then just go away like a normal transaction? Or, does your plan include wishing, hoping, and praying for the problems to not come up in the first place? You know the saying…

You can wish in one hand and spit in the other…see which one fills up first.

Thanks Mike, for making us think.


3 Responses to “Mike Tyson on Leadership”

  1. ok where is the quote that you are referring too? i dont see the mike tyson quote……….

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