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Discipline and Endurance
Trail, start gate at the Amicalola Falls State Park, GA
photo by andreas
Competing is exciting and
winning is exhilarating,
but the true prize will always be
the self-knowledge and understanding
that you have gained along the way.
Sebastian Coe, four-time
Olympic medalist and chairman of the LOCOG
You may not know my friend
Claus. No, he hasn't been on any of the shows on TV nor is he a
celebrity. But, Claus has recently started a remarkable endeavour.
On April 8, I brought him to the start of the Appalachian Trail
(AT) and now, the moment You are reading this, he is somewhere
in North Carolina on his way to Maine. Our prayers are with him.
In case You didn't pay
close attention to the details of the above photo.
Here is a cut-out of AT's
Regardless if I think Claus
is a bit 'crazy' to get on the AT, I very much admire his fanatic
discipline to live out in the woods (more or less) for a couple of
months. I admire his endurance to get up every morning persistently
following his plan and to hike that day's distance.
Day by day.
Rain or shine.
Over 2,100 miles to hike toward his goal in Maine.
Don't we all have a kind of
ATs in our business? Strategic goals we need/want/would like to achieve?
Alrol we do.
We want to implement our shared values
within our Team that we all live in them.
This will have a long-term effect on our
performance to the benefit
of our customers.
We will improve our plant installations
to increase the
efficiency of our processes.
A consistently short lead-time will fit
20 Mile Marches
the planning and implementing of these goals, we follow Jim Collins'
method of the
Mile Marches' (Great by Choice, Jim Collins).
cut the ambitious goal to hike 2,100 miles of the AT into pieces of
still we need to get up every morning, rain or shine, and do our daily
That's where we
win or fail our goal; with the endurance to hike the distance. There is nothing creative in these 20 Mile Marches; but
Claus' fanatic discipline.
In April 2003 we produced the first
roller ever in our facilities in Dalton, GA.
That was kind of our start gate to a long hike and we have been proving
well our discipline and endurance in our first 10 years.
At Alrol, we
go 1 mile for each order and we go 20 miles to solve problems.
Our customers' problems.
Each customer's problem is an 'apple', an opportunity to drive us.
We prove it to You: we walk our talk. Even for 20 miles.
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