- Now, let me suggest a few things if you are a high potential leader. First, be very objective about yourself. How much of a potential you have and how you're going to extend it. If you are stuck, your bosses don't recognize, your company don't recognize, other than leaving the company what you have to do in the interim. I'm going to suggest to you four ideas. They will serve you no matter where you go.
And by the way, my book, High Potential Leaders, I have a checklist to be able to help you figure out what kind of potential you have and how you can extend potential. The first one is return on your time. R-O-Y-T. Time is constant to everybody. So are you focused on the things that gives you highest return on your time.
Steve Jobs had a rule of three. Are you focused on three most important things? That you go at it, learn about it, master it, and get it done. Your capacity will increase over time if you are honest with yourself that you are increasing return on your time. It is not a quantitative calculation, it's the qualitative way to improve.
Item number two. Keep looking for big ideas. The key here is build your credibility for getting things done. Big ideas don't get solved in one bite. You may have to figure out a different way to design those ideas for execution. But remember, you are a leader, not an individual contributor, so here in big ideas, you've got to get big talent, teams, outside people together.
Mobilize them to increase their capacity. They'll do what they thought they could not do before. So here, I give you a superb example. In India, roughly 10 years ago, the government opened up to develop airports. So this a family in South India and their name is Mr. Rao. His youngest son was given the charge to build Dehli Airport.
He had to bid it, win it, develop it. He knew nothing about the airports. So he took this company, with his brother, and brother-in-law, and his father, into one of the several businesses which is airports. This is large-scale entrepreneurship. But it's starting from ground. So he knows details of the airport, he's able to think 50,000 feet, the big picture, and be able to connect to the ground, how the execution is done.
That will make you golden. To go from 50,000 feet to 50 feet, and when you're 50 feet, imagine the 50,000 feet. My experience with CEOs, several of them, over 50 years, this is one of their unique trait. They are able to do that.