Translation: “Everything that comes in threes is perfect, or, every set of three is complete”. If not complete. Easy to remember. As taken from Wikipedia:
“The rule of three is a writing principle that suggests that things that come in threes are inherently funnier, more satisfying, or more effective than other numbers of things.
The reader or audience of this form of text is also more likely to consume information if it is written in groups of threes. From slogans (“Go, fight, win!”) to films, many things are structured in threes. Examples include The Three Stooges, Three Little Pigs, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Three Blind Mice.
A series of three often creates a progression in which the tension is created, built up, and finally released. Similarly, adjectives are often grouped in threes to emphasize an idea”
How will you craft your success story in a three act play? Your company is the Hero; Go!
My “Go, fight, win” is:
- Get it started
- Scale it up
- Let it go
Let go in the context of my previous posts. I want to focus here on creating the story arc of your success in a new and powerful context. Get Started!
Build a team!
“According to a series of visualizations from Andrew Bergman breaking down the top scorers from the Celtics, Knicks, Lakers, and Bulls since the 1960s, it takes more than a superstar, or even a pair of superstars, to be consistently successful.”
As cliche as this will sound, winning championships takes a village. A village of 3 or more. When were the Bulls most effective? When he paired up with two others! Founders can’t do it all, period. What’s a blog without a quote on Steve Jobs?
“Steve Jobs: The fact is, Steve Jobs didn’t succeed because he was an asshole. He succeeded because he was Steve Jobs. He had an uncanny sixth sense about what consumers wanted, an unmatched ability to adapt existing technology and turn it into something new, and a commitment to quality that turned ordinary Apple customers into fans for life. Being an asshole was part of the Steve package, but it wasn’t essential to his success. But that’s not a message most of the assholes in the corner offices want to hear.”
You can be holistic and prepare your team and company to scale. Just recall what the Orange Revolution says on this matter:
“Here is the life-blood of our research on breakthrough teams. All great teams adhere to the Rule of 3:
Wow—The standard performance of great teams is always world-class.
No Surprises—All team members are accountable for openness, honest debate, and each knows what to expect from the others.
Cheer—Team members support, recognize, appreciate, and cheer others and the group on to victory.
The Rule of 3 is critical to team success”Thank you Adrian Gostick for being kind enough to allow me the use of this material in my lectures.
Scale it up! Don’t get stuck in the Trench!
“The rule of three in Business and Economics is a rule of thumb suggesting that there are always three major competitors in any free market within any one industry. This was put forward by Bruce Henderson of the Boston Consulting Group in 1976, and has been tested by Jagdish Sheth and Rajendra Sisodia in 2002, analyzing performance data and comparing it to market share. This is an attempt to explain how, in mature markets, there are usually three ‘major players’ in a competitive market.”
The rule of three applies to both simple math patterns and code patterns equally well. In math, we need at least three positions before we even have a chance at identifying a pattern or triangulate on a target with greater certainty.
As in coding so in building a business, the exact same things are true. You need to activate your story and picture yourself and your company persona as the hero you want to be. Each company is unique, but business process is repeatable. Don’t miss the obvious my fooling yourself that you are so unique you have to relearn everything.
As the saying goes for us hackers: If you need something once, build it. If you need something twice, pay attention. If you need it a third time, abstract it.
Let it go!
- It’s time to let the business grow with seasoned domain experts (sales Cxx staff)
- You need a succession plan
- Your vision is complete to a % of your desire but you have to accept its state and success as is
- Process and accountability are the order of your day now
- You may want to leave to pursue new ventures
- What next?
Pass the baton needs to be carefully defined. It is a total experience! Why?
As the Bard said: “If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.”-William Shakespeare How will you end your story? Will you escape the sad fate of death? The long winter of King Lear.
“I grow, I prosper;
Now, gods, stand up for bastards!”
– William Shakespeare, King Lear, 1.2.21
And since I am stuffing up my SEO today… one last on the trials of success:
“I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do…” – Winston Churchill