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There have been a number of books published about Abraham Lincoln, who was a most interesting person. Many of them speak of things he did not do well. Abe for example, seemed to have a very hard time finding the correct general for his war. And as we also know, he seemed to choose the wrong guard for his evening at the Ford Theater. In this last case, I am told that the guard wandered off since the guard had other things to do. But what Lincoln did do right I believe are the important things. And those important things were two: He knew that slavery was wrong and he was going to get rid of it. He also knew that the union had to stay together and he ensured that was going to also happen. And so what Lincoln did was to prioritize. He seemed to know that he was never going to get everything correct. He decided to get two items correct that he knew must happen. And he has gone down in US history as one of the greatest if not simply the greatest ever US president. And that was not based on 10,000 things. It was based on two important goals and victories. We can learn much from Lincoln.

Elsewhere in this book I spoke of my own career and how I moved myself from Engineering one day abruptly into Manufacturing. My goal at the time was to go from being a horrible manager into a good one and as such I wanted a fresh start. And I also in this book say that I learn from others. In my process of moving, I had asked the receiving manager to give me a minor promotion to make my move “look good." He did do that. I became an E10 in this company, something that seemed to have no great definition but was in the twilight zone between being a section manager (over group leader managers) but not yet an E11 – an Engineering Manager level. Well, that was fine, and did perhaps agree with my taking over a team of 22 people who were engineers and technicians within Manufacturing. The only advice that my new manager gave me would seem short to most, and yet it was extremely important and I never forgot it. This manager told me that in my new job I would have many responsibilities. He then told me that there was no way I could accomplish all that I was told to do. He said the reward goes to knowing what needs to be accomplished and what is unnecessary. That was an eloquent way of saying, “prioritize or die,” perhaps. However, his words had one of the biggest impacts on my career. After that point in time, I would often look at assignments and would decide which I was going to win at, and which I would not get into deeply. Now I do not want to compare myself to Lincoln, but the situation at my much lower level is quite similar – where must you win? Where can you take a loss? And what if you simply cannot do it all?


Book: Strategies I Learned Becoming A VP   Book: Strategies I Learned Becoming A VP

During my career, back when Motorola was a huge thriving company with I heard some 150,000 world wide employees, I went there from perhaps being the lowest paid engineer on staff to becoming a Vice President. And that was not an honorary title only, but a Vice President in charge of Manufacturing or Engineering of both for a large division with perhaps yearly a billion US dollars in sales. How did I do that? Well, I realized I was not born with this knowledge. I learned it from many people along the way, and tried to decide what information I was being told made sense and what information did not make sense. And I learned from some people.. who I thought were great in business. And so what is the point of this book? My goal is simply to pass on business information to others as best as I could, in order to help others who may come after me. Yes, times change, and some may have to modify the strategies here as the world continues to change. But logic does not change. And you might just find this book a good help at a reasonable price.


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