My good friend Joe Plumeri is one of the greatest people I have met throughout my career, and it’s no surprise that he was asked to helm some of the most successful corporations in the country.
To be the CEO of both Citibank and Willis Holdings Group you need an understanding of how to lead a successful team. Recently on Project X, I got some insight from him on this concept.
A lot of companies tend to have what they think is a collaborative approach; a “think tank." Essentially you think about what you want to accomplish and you plan a strategy to reach a goal.
Joe, though, emphasizes a “do tank” approach. Instead of thinking about what you want to do, just go out there and do it!
As he always says, “Execution eats strategy for lunch," and I couldn’t agree more.
Execution eats strategy for lunch.
- Joe Plumeri
With this mindset, Joe Plumeri was able to take the Sears Tower in Chicago (at one time the world's tallest building) and change the name to the Willis Tower.
Show me a person who has great ideas, but never does anything about it. Then, show me someone who is willing to just go out and try something, even if they might fail. I’ll take the latter every single time.