What makes a job profitable, pleasurable and challenging to the same degree? What makes a business a success for both its owners and the public?
The old surfer Jorge Paulo Lemann and his partners and mega-entrepreneurs, Carlos Alberto Sicupira and Marcel Telles, once laid out their basic business principles and values, across 18 items.
It's impressive how practically every commandment is intimately connected to what a good teacher needs in order to be the administrator of a good jiujitsu school. Let's go over the main ones.
* A big, challenging dream makes everybody row in the same direction.
* Good people, working as a team, growing by the measure of their talent and being rewarded for it, is a company's best asset.
* Focus is essential. You can't be excellent at everything; one must focus on the essential.
* Everything has to have a boss with responsibility and authority. Debating is healthy, but in the end somebody has to decide.
* Common sense is as good as great knowledge. The simple is better than the complicated.
* Picking better people than themselves, training them, challenging them and keeping them is the main task of administrators.
* Leadership by personal example is vital, both in heroic acts and in small day-to-day gestures.
* Luck is always the result of sweat. You must work a lot, but with joy.
* Innovation is useful, but copying what works well is usually more practical.
* Self-perfecting, improvement and education are constant efforts and must be present in our daily routine.
* Name, reputation and brand are valuable assets that are built across decades and are lost in days.
* Cheating and shortcuts destroy a company from within. Ethics pays off in the long run.
How about your team? Does it have similar values? Oss...