If you asked who invented incandescent electric light, and you answered Thomas Edison, you’d be right – and you’d be wrong.
On October 22, 1879, the remarkable bulb dreamed up by Edison, drawn by lead experimenter Charles Batchelor, mathematically proved by Francs Upton, built by craftsmen John Kruesi and Ludwig Boehm, and tested by experimenters John Lawson, Martin Force, and Francis Jehl, burned for thirteen and a half hours.
Darkness had been illuminated forever.
The revolution that Thomas Edison wrought was the product of a team, in spite of how history books tell the story. We love the idea of a lone genius, the mastermind, the hero. We’re indoctrinated from an early age with the single-achiever ideal in school. For a fifth-grader, it’s easy to say Edison = light bulbs.
The reality is very different; geniuses build great teams.
Edison – one of the most brilliant minds in the world – accepted that he alone did not possess all the answers; but together, his team usually did.
What would you do to have a high-performing team that generates its own momentum – an engaged group of colleagues in the trenches, working passionately together to pursue a shared vision?
How about starting a revolution?
For centuries the color Orange has been connected with revolutionary events. Most recent are the election events in the Ukraine, but there have also been Orange uprising in Ireland, China, England, and the Netherlands.
These revolutions signaled a transition – a spirited quest driven by people to improve the world around them.
Why shouldn’t your organization possess that same passion when it comes to creating, strengthening, and enlarging the teams that serve?
You can begin an Orange Revolution in the hearts of your team members and leaders focusing on conquering barriers, expectations, and stagnation.
Welcome to the revolution.
I will be leading The Orange Revolution at WFX in Dallas October 2-4. For an overview of WFX, go here. To learn more about the education and training available, go here.
Stay tuned for more on The Orange Revolution coming soon!