CHAPTER 6

Filling the Vase

The old adage “people are our greatest asset” is wrong; “the right people are your greatest asset” is more accurate.

—Jim Collins

The central myth of the hero is of the lone man—that it’s the work of a single person to achieve the goal. Yet, think of every major achievement with a single hero figure at the front, and you’ll find a team behind the scenes, playing their part.

  • •The round-the-world yachtsmen and women
  • •Space station astronauts
  • •Sportspeople lifting their trophies—whether that’s at Wimbledon or at an F1 event

The narrative has been changing recently, and today’s heroes are better at acknowledging the contribution of the team. And, of course, in some cases, they do go out and deliver single-handedly.

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