Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 26 August 2014

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Free Enterprise Makes Way For Meritocracy



"An army of donkeys led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by a donkey."

                           Genghis Khan (1162-1126)

If nothing else was used to manage the Khan army and kingdom, certainly meritocracy was it.

One moved up in the Genghis Khan army and society by performance.

And no matter where one worked.  Khan was very much into putting people in places where they were best suited.  From there they moved up based on merit.

Conquering more territory in just a few years than the Romans did in 400, and killing nearly half the earth's known population, Genghis Khan became the king of the mountain and stayed there.  Along the way he was most interested in the best and brightest, no matter where they came from or their ability.  Some of his most trusted generals were former enemies!

One story surrounding his belief in meritocracy happened after a horse was shot out from under him with an arrow.  Khan was nearly killed.  Later he questioned the prisoners asking who had shot his horse with an arrow.  A man stood, and bravely proclaimed himself the shooter.  So impressed with his bold demeanor, Genghis Khan immediately made him a commander, even nicknaming him "Jebe," which means arrow.

His reign had to do with invention in many forms - paper, printing, gunpowder and a postal communication system.  This came from positioning people where they functioned best, allowing them to make things happen.  He was remarkably generous, very tolerant of other religions, innovative in so many ways, and to this day survives as the model of, albeit ruthless, leadership.  He has never been knocked off his perch.

This is a very free enterprise state of being!

Free enterprise allows all to function where they see themselves as best suited. Talent flows to where it can best bloom.  Promotion happens based on performance, whether the promotion comes by oneself or through others.  And the cream rises to the top.

The highest paid in any meritocracy, free enterprise essentially, is the hardest to replace.  In the corporate world it is the leadership that is typically the highest paid.  And leaders the hardest to replace. 

Name your corporation.  

The same goes for sports.  Who is the highest paid player on any team?  Certainly it is the player who is the hardest to replace. 

Name your sport.  

It seems that every industry has its rich participants.  They get there by providing a service and through self interest.  They want to be seen as the individual, company or service provider who sets himself apart by performance, desirability, ability, and for sure reputation. 

Name the company or service provider.

And no matter what or where the king of the mountain is, there are others looking up, plotting and planning, to take the king down.  Take the king down and become ... the NEW king of the mountain!

Free enterprise makes way for meritocracy.
And meritocracy makes way for free enterprise.
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Rogers, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Find our what peoples motivation and abilities are and use them to your advantage. 

Aug 25, 2014 08:41 PM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Jay,

Very good post this morning. Seems like Stephen Covey was a reincarnation!

Make yourself a great day.

Aug 25, 2014 08:48 PM #2
Angela Griffith
Downing Frye Realty, Inc. - Bonita Springs, FL

Words to live by especially with some of the apathy I seem to have experienced lately.

Aug 25, 2014 08:49 PM #3
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Ours included James!

I knew Stephen Covey pretty well Raymond.  He was a good one.

Daniel - apathy reigns, especially among the "entitled" class.  They don't merit much, but deserve everything!

Aug 25, 2014 09:11 PM #4
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Jay, you are a marvelous writer. I enjoy your posts. 

Aug 25, 2014 09:18 PM #5
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thank you Doug, those are very kind words!  I have one of these every Tuesday!  I am glad you enjoy them.

Aug 25, 2014 09:50 PM #6
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Jay,

If the bureaucrats in Washington could just learn this very simple concept...

Aug 26, 2014 06:17 AM #7
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

If is a very big word Lisa!  And don't count on it.

Aug 26, 2014 07:40 AM #8
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

That is a quote I have never heard before.

Very applicable though.

Aug 30, 2014 02:40 AM #9
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

So, what happens when an organization, oh, I don't know, one that used to be very powerful and rich, and is now seeing nothing but chaos, is lead by a donkey, Than?

Aug 30, 2014 03:37 AM #10
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