Most of the time we as human beings relate to a certain public figure as their inspiration. Years ago I followed after the leading examples at the time, from the late 80’s until now. Well back then I had my favorites like Michael Dell of Dell computers, Bill Gates of Microsoft, Steve Jobs of Apple, Ted Waitt of Gateway Computers and so many more. These to me were the icons of the time because they brought about vision into a new era of technology. 

Back in the 1950’s companies as well as the federal government was using tape drives. These things were huge and in some cases would take up an entire warehouse. These early computers with all the power and sophistication of the day would today fit into a smartphone. 

I remember when I was just about to go into the  Air Force in 1981, I was attending college at the time at York Tech, and taking classes prior to leaving for boot camp. Well while I was there I was working part time in the computer lab. The lab we had was at the time state of the art system.  As I can remember we used something like an IBM as the terminal that was fed from from the main CPU which was nothing more than optical drive. When I tell you this thing was big… It was the size of a stove that opened from the top and you dropped the platters into it. 

Back to where the great leaders of the day fit in.  With their vision they made the devises that we use today that allow us to be more productive with our lives. With business’s they can create spreadsheets, create documents and even create graphics that was once done with paper and ink. The joys of being able to print out the final product for those around us to see.

 So what does all this have to do with MANAGEMENT? Well the pioneers of the day had vision, a focus of how they wanted to revolutionize the industry, a way of not only making something that allowed people to be more productive, but at the same time have a way to reduce cost within a company. 

I remember hearing someone back in those days say that these stupid things will never take off and become popular.  Heck I can even remember while I was in basic training with the Air Force I was going to talk to a career counselor who wanted to put me into a brand new program.  He told me that I would be a computer technician. Why I didn’t jump a the chance at that.

So many years later I have sought after these great role models as well as some great leaders that have always inspired me to be the best you, you can be. Really it does not matter the industry, or field of study, there are always great leaders that push you to your very best you can be.