A core ingredient of success is passion. You can teach anyone almost anything, but passion is one-character trait that you cannot give another. If I had to choose, I would take a team with insane passion over a team with the perfect skill set.
Do you know who Samuel P. Langley is? I bet; few have heard of Langley. In the late 1890’s he wished to be the first to fly. Langley was well connected, well-educated and worked with the most gifted minds and the most advanced machinery of the day. He raised $70K from the U.S. Government (approx. $2M today).
During this time, Orville and Wilbur Wright were obsessed with their ideas on flight. The Wright brothers had meager funds and a questionable shop. Heck, it was a bike shop. The Langley team was large and all had college educations. There was zero college experience on the Wright brothers’ team.
But it was the Wright brothers that are credited for making the first controlled man flight on Dec-17-1903.
How did a small team with limited formal education and very little capital, outperform a large, more talented and better-funded team? Most experts believe the Langley team lacked the passion the Wright brothers brought to the table.
Funds and formal education can enable a great job. Passion will enable a legendary life.
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Art has also served as executive vice president of business development and strategic initiatives for First-Source; CEO and founder of Echopass Corporation (the world’s premier contact center hosting environment, which was acquired by Genesys for about $110 million); CEO of Sento Corporation; and managing director and VP of European business development for Sykes Enterprises.
Art is a widely-published author of methodologies for BPO/contact centers, outsourcing, customer service, and technical support, and has served in leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard, VLSI Research, and RasterOps.