What building a skyscraper can tell you about building a business

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cd-skyscraper-foundationI received an email the other day from Jon Gordon that made me think of you. In the email he discussed what he calls the “Law of the Skyscraper.”

When builders begin building a skyscraper they don’t start by building up. Instead they start by digging below the ground in order to create a foundation of stability. They have to go down deep and excavate soil, sand, clay, etc. to reach the bedrock so that they can build something that will reach incredible heights.

Our lives, careers and teams work the same way. If we want to build up we have to first dig deep and develop our foundation.

Wow. What a great way to think about our family, friends, careers, and businesses.

This thought also reminded me of what Jim Collins talks about in his book From Good to Great¬†about getting the right people on the bus and the wrong people off the bus. Your business will never thrive if you first don’t get the right people on board. Just having one bad person on your team can create havoc and damage to you and your company’s reputation.

By the way, I’m holding an in-depth discussion this morning about Jim and his book inside the Youversation community. Each month we pick a book to read and discuss – this book was the book for February. Next month, our book will be Adversaries into Allies by Bob Burg. I would love to have you come join us (find out more about how we can transform your business here.)


Purpose-Driven Work with Brian Pia

Have you had a chance to listen to any of my new podcasts? Last week I launched the Youversation podcast: daily interviews with customer servants who excel at communicating. Today’s podcast interview is with Brian Pia, a former TV reporter who now leads a national marketing communications firm. The bulk of our conversation is about something he calls “Purpose-Driven Work” and how this culture of empowering employees can grow your business.

You can listen to it here:


That’s episode #11, which means there are 10 others already published. You can catch up here:


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