Leadership Zurcher-Style

I had the pleasure of attending the Leadership Conference produced by Adams Central Schools this week.  It was a very good meeting.

Besides the tour of their JetTech new tech school, I heard some great speakers and some thoughts worth passing on.  These come from Paul Zurcher, the 88 year old founder of Zurcher Tire (one of the world’s largest tire distributors, but so quiet and humble that most people don’t even know they are headquartered in Monroe, IN).

Here my four favorites.  There’s a lot of wisdom here.

  1. “Your company’s job is to deliver great performance and develop the ability to do it over and over again.”
  2. “Do the right things right”
  3. “In times of change the learners inherit the world, while the learned are beautifully prepared for the world that was.”
  4. “You’ll be different in 5 years by the people you meet and the books that you read.”

The first quote reminds us to build systems that will sustain us for the future.  The second starts to remind us of the importance of character.  The third is an elegant way of characterizing the plight of the non-learner.  The fourth gives us practical advice for being that positive, sustainable, learner.

Thanks, Paul!