Business Tips: #AskGaryVee Episode 89: Jack & Suzy Welch Talk About Efficiency, Creativity, & Failure

Business Tips: #AskGaryVee Episode 89: Jack & Suzy Welch Talk About Efficiency, Creativity, & Failure

Awesome Tip: #AskGaryVee Episode 89: Jack & Suzy Welch Talk About Efficiency, Creativity, & Failure

#QOTD, from Suzy Welch: In our book we make the case that the place you should be working is something we call your “area of destiny.” It’s the intersection of what you’re uniquely good at and what you love to do. How many of you feel that you are currently working in your area of destiny?

2:29 – How important is failure. You hear a bunch of people saying how important it is to fail. But is it really?
5:08 – Is terminating the bottom 10% still a good idea? Even on a team of all-stars, someone has to be last.
8:19 – As a business grows, what is best solution for documenting policy, procedure and process so all are on same page?
11:05 – What is the best way to scale a business with an inherently low profit margin?
13:58 – How can efficiency and creativity better work together?
17:33 – Jack and Suzy talk about their new book, “The Real-Life MBA”.

Jack and Suzy Welch’s “The Real-Life MBA” (all proceeds go to charity):
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How important is failure? The failure has to be quantified. If you fail and then can never get up from it again, that’s not a good kind of failure. Failure and adversity are the two things I think about. For me, as an entrepreneur, all my failures along the way have been a lesson. I’m even thinking back to when I attended my first baseball card trade show. I bought a table at 13 for $400 and nobody showed up. That was a lesson. Those micro failures were super super important. But it also depends on your stomach. If you really go out of business, people can go one of two ways. Either they’re just finished and they’re never able to get off the mat, or they go in a different direction. So to me, quantifying the failure is important.

Gary Vaynerchuk builds businesses. Fresh out of college he took his family wine business and grew it from a $3M to a $60M business in just five years. Now he runs VaynerMedia, one of the world’s hottest digital agencies. Along the way he became a prolific angel investor and venture capitalist, investing in companies like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Uber, and Birchbox before eventually co-founding VaynerRSE, a $25M angel fund.

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21 Replies to “Business Tips: #AskGaryVee Episode 89: Jack & Suzy Welch Talk About Efficiency, Creativity, & Failure”

  1. QotD: I just tripped and fell face first into area of destiny, now I have a tested market place, I've found my competitor landscape and I'm finding joy every day in squeezing as much time as I can to build my product offering. I am SO excited about what the next 12 months look like for me.

  2. +gary Vaynerchuk check out fast cap. Paul akers has built a great company on the back of creating a lean culture and standardization. AND constant improvement. although I agree that handbooks are junk, standardization helps. do you agree?

  3. Jack and Suzy Welch!! Thanks so much for being on the show 🙂
    I am working as close to my area of destiny as i ever have in my life. I went to school for accounting but now I'm in marketing, which I've always loved. I love design and psychology which plays well to marketing and creating content and understanding people. It comes pretty naturally to me and I am improving my skills just by being able to spend more and more time working in this space. I continue to look for ways find that niche area where I will totally excel and won't have to do 5-10 various things in one area to learn, develop and make a living

  4. QOTD: I'm working around the circumference of my area of destiny. I'm starting a business doing online marketing, and some fields that fall under that are not my strong suit; video, podcasting, web dev, etc. What I am good at is writing, interacting with people, and facilitating [enter project here]. So in the early days of the business I am not right in the middle of my area of destiny, but I'm working closer to it every day.

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