This morning we have The Colonel enjoying a cappuccino with us, while we pick his thoughts on "perspectives". Lets get going...
Q: Colonel Good Morning as usual you look refreshed and still with a tan from your gone fishing days.
A: Thanks guys, the tan is quickly going away with the cold climate.
Q: What can you tell us about perspectives at Strada?
A: It starts with "We don't follow, we lead"..."passion"..."always seeking an advantage" to name the most obvious.
Q: We get the feeling that you are a competitive individual.
A: To thrive in the auto business you have to be competitive, you have to "win", you need an advantage.
Q: Do we conclude that through the years you have developed and calibrated a different perspective.
A: Precisely, often we all see the same thing, its what you do with the same thing.
Q: Could that make you an outlier, somewhat off the vector that most folks adopt.
A: Absolutely, it often becomes a question of "Who is this guy?"..."What does he do? How does he see things?"
Q: At times it might be simpler/safer to follow the common path, and reap results faster as an example.
A: I don't know about reaping results faster, and I'm not well versed in following, never was.
Q: With social media, perspectives can take many nuances.
A: Yes they can and will, but if you do the right thing, tell the truth, are polite, humble, generous, share knowledge. The perspectives remain constant.
Q: You are saying that "intellectual integrity" upholds a constant perspective. Even when its easier to do something else.
A: Precisely, and intellectual integrity is a precious/priceless commodity.
Q: How do you uphold your perspectives in an age of technology, social media, being on 24/7?
A: As we always say, you have to be your own editor, you have to be observant, you have to connect dots instantly. More important you have to be brutally honest with yourself.
Q: Experience, knowledge base, wisdom surely helps, being around this business for a few decades is a huge asset.
A: Yes it is, lingering on the past is futile. Focusing on the future, seeking an advantage is essential.
Q: Its easy with social media to quickly "fall in line" with a pedestrian thought process.
A: Its the tragedy of our times, lets fall in line, lets pump our ego, lets connect, and so on. Its dramatically more demanding to have a different, thought provoking perspective.
Q: Some folks might be "turned off" or might not understand a different perspective.
A: Agreed...the reason we say "Brain Power to Energise Your Automotive Experience" folks that are not seeking the brain power are not interested.
Q: In one respect its a narrow focus.
A: Its a wide focus, wide spectrum, but you need an ongoing intellectual curiosity that is not widely appealing.
Q: Perhaps being in the business for a few decades compromises change.
A: Not at all, with intellectual curiosity, change is easy even if uncomfortable.
Enough for this morning...