7 Ways This Broadway Show Might Make You a Better Entrepreneur
Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, suggested in an interview that with the recent Disney Plus release, more people would view Hamilton over the July 4th weekend than had seen the show since its off-broadway opening in 2015. I was one of the people who watched and listened to it for the first time.
An Entrepreneurial Vibe
The Hamilton portrayal of the birth of our nation has a really innovative, entrepreneurial vibe. So here are seven quotable lines from the show that just might help you to run your business better:
1. “I’m not throwing away my shot.”
This is the refrain from Alexander Hamilton throughout the show … “Hey yo, I’m just like my country, I’m young, scrappy and hungry, and I’m not throwing away my shot.” Hamilton demonstrates powerfully that he has Vision, and he’s determined to get Traction! He has a good sense of his Core Values (young, scrappy and hungry) and his Core Focus to be a big influence for winning a new kind of democracy. Do your Core Values and Core Focus inspire the passionate determination of your team to “take their best shot” as they engage in the cause of your company?
2. “I’m the one thing in life I can control.”
This was a quote from Aaron Burr defending the way he keeps his opinions “close to the vest”. But, it reminded me of the idea that every person in the organization should know what their Measurable is. What is the one thing you can control that lands on your weekly scorecard? What measurables do members of your team take accountability for? Do you take ego and emotion out of your business results and put a few key measurables you control on your scorecard? When you do, you empower your business to identify issues, take control, and adjust “before the cement dries.”
3. “Every day is a test of our camaraderie and bravery.”
This line is from John Laurens in the track Stay Alive. It evokes the idea that the Executive leadership team must achieve a special level of teamwork to survive. We see strong leadership teams in clear Accountability Charts. Like the quote I highlighted last week from Patrick Lencioni, “Not finance, Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare. Is your leadership team passing the test of camaraderie and bravery?
4. “History has its eyes on you.”
As Hamilton and Washington contemplate the risks of their endeavor they realize history has its eyes on them. This reminds me of our Quarterly and Annual Planning sessions when the whole leadership team looks back at the prior period and puts a letter-grade on their execution. Is your team getting stronger at predicting the future? Even in the face of some risks? Knowing that history has its eyes on you makes it tempting to hold back and avoid failure, Do you push for stretch Annual Goals and 90-day Rocks that challenge you?
5. “Why do you write like you’re running out of time?”
This song is about Alexander Hamilton writing the federalist papers in support of the Constitution. This reminds me of the Visionary or Integrator taking on the critical work of writing The Core Values Speech in preparation to roll out the Entrepreneurial Operating System beyond the leadership team. Almost like the constitution of your company, you work to articulate the guiding principles and objectives of your organization in the Vision / Traction Organizer and the other Foundational Tools (Accountability Chart, Rocks, Meeting Pulse and Scorecard). The Core Values Speech represents a key initial step in support of rolling out your company’s version of the constitution. Do you and your leadership team step up to the rigors of this kind of leadership? Are you seeking to roll out key EOS tools and disciplines with an urgency to ensure the Vision is Shared by All?
6. “Figure it out Alexander … That’s an order from your commander!”
This is the final line from the scene called Cabinet Battle #1. This reminds me again of a strong Accountability Chart. As much as Hamilton feels “backed into a corner,” Washington is not about to “take his monkey!” He’s supportive but he knows who has accountability and he expects Hamilton to handle it. Do you demand accountability and decisive action from your “right hand man?” Do you empower your team by “letting go of the vine” and expecting them to deliver results?
7. “This is the room where it happens.”
In this scene, Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton discuss their legacies and the idea of being in the room and party to the most important decisions. This one is like the Level-10 Meeting. When your leadership team meets each week to Identify, Discuss and Solve (IDS) the most important issues, do you recognize the process as “the room where it happens?”
I hope the innovative production and lyrics of Hamilton will inspire you the way they did me! With your Leadership Team, you are already “in the room where it happens” … so don’t “throw away your shot!”
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