One Minute! One Idea! Ep. 14 "Apply Your Principles"

Welcome to "One Minute! One Idea!" – where we Deconstruct what’s happening at the intersection of innovation, human potential and the things we do to unlock it, known as Leadership.

Today’s idea is “Apply Your Principles”.

In Season 2, we’re focused on a case study built around the decision that my wife Rebecca and I made to return to our roots in rural America. We bought a farm, decided to restore the cabin that came with it and settled on our guiding principles – the values – that would guide it. “The new must honor the old, and the old must be present in every room of the new”.

Now to apply those lofty principles. We tore down the addition and replaced it with new construction that matched the original structure. For the floors – tile, vinyl, carpet? Nope…reclaimed oak fence boards from the area. Kitchen cabinets from Home Depot? Again, nope…cabinets built from reclaimed Pennsylvania barn wood.

Here’s the coolest example. When we tore down the old addition, most of the wood was trash, but Rebecca noticed a small amount of lumber that turned out to be solid 100-year-old oak. Out of the trash it came…she pulled the nails out, we drove it to Amish country, and voila…two farm tables with matching benches, made from the lumber from the tear-down, and now present in both the old and new portions of the cabin.

So, “The new must honor the old, and the old must be present in every room of the new”. It worked for us, and the cabin, over and over again. Give it a try.

- Dennis