I’ve been reading Mark Lewisohn’s book TUNE IN: THE BEATLES: ALL THESE YEARS about all the events leading up to the Beatles world-changing breakout towards the end of 1962. I was struck by some particular lessons the boys from Liverpool learned that I thought everyone in business could benefit from.
First lesson: Your team’s weaknesses could be the key to your future success.
One of the reasons John, Paul, George, and Ringo were so good is directly connected to the fact that in the early years the band included John, Paul, George, Stu, and Pete. Stewart Sutcliffe was the first bass player of the group. He was terrible. Their drummer, Pete Best, could not, for the life of him, keep a consistent rhythm. How did John, Paul, and George compensate for these challenges? To keep the rhythm, they started stomping their feet as they played. This created a powerful energy to their performances that the audiences responded to. Also, to cover up Stu’s weaknesses, George, Paul, and John were forced to play played louder and more aggressively. This intensity, uncommon in their time, can only be compared to punk rock. Once again, it energized their performance and the audiences went wild.
After Stu left the group and Pete was let go, Ringo was finally able to bring his superior skills to the group, and because the other fab three were working at such a high-level to compensate for their group’s weaknesses, it became a freeing and exhilarating threshold crossing for them. From this point on they were able to move forward with verve and meet their fullest potential.
So, don’t fret about the weaknesses you may perceive in your company or team . . . use them to motivate you to work harder and dig deeper. You will still be able to achieve great heights. Then, when the right timing comes for you to free yourself from some of the challenges and encumbrances, you will find that you have been preparing yourself for an even brighter future.
(Stay tuned for Lesson Two!)