One Minute! One Idea! Ep. 13 "Establish Your Guiding Principles"

Welcome to  "One Minute! One Idea!"  – where we Deconstruct what’s happening at the intersection of INNOVATION, HUMAN POTENTIAL & the things we do to unlock it, known as LEADERSHIP.

Today’s idea is to “Establish Your Guiding Principles”.

In Season 2, we’re working with a case study built around the decision that my wife, Rebecca, and I made to return to our roots in rural America. In episode 11, we bought our farm, in episode 12 we realized that the survival of our ancient log cabin would require a complete restoration, starting with the foundation, and that brought us to our next big dilemma. We had hundreds of choices to make along the way…how could we stay true to the authentic essence of the cabin – hand-hewn, 300 year old logs – within the limits of modern materials and methods? We could “modernize” everything and unwittingly end up with a level of luxury that was at odds with the building’s heritage, or go the lowest cost Home Depot route and end up losing its special character.

We realized that what we needed were guiding principles – values – that would guide us in the restoration, and we came up with two. “The new must honor the old, and the old must be present in every room of the new”. In episode 14 we’ll see how that played out, over and over again, as we faced challenges to our vision along the way.

- Dennis

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