The Factors of Impact

The 32 Factors of Impact started from a question posed to me by Steve Holcomb (February 2024). I had asked Steve to consider being a part of Impact Health to help me teach and train. Steve, a master teacher in Economics and Psychology, in considering such a major change in his life, asked me this simple question:
“What would make me not succeed in this venture?”
Because of the way “Holc” asked the questions, I decided to be a bit cheeky and answer the question in the negative, such as “Not being Creative.”
As I was writing all the ways that he would NOT succeed, I decided that the list needed to become a guide for all those employed by, and partnered with, the Impact companies.
For the creation of the 32 Factors of Impact, I’ve changed them to be positive answers, i.e. “Be Creative.”
There does not have to be 32 factors; in fact, there are quite possibly more (and some listed could possibly be combined). However, these are the “factors” of Impact that cause the “greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people.”
My football and basketball jersey number in high school and college was 32. (For those who don’t know, Steve was the center, and I was the quarterback, for our State Championship football team in high school.)
What are the 32 Factors of Impact?
  1. Be Creative.
  2. You are part of a team inside a larger team; always think like a team member. (“Wheels within wheels”)
  3. Think outside the current construct of space and time.
  4. Have fun.
  5. Make music (literally and figuratively), every day. Even when you don’t feel like it.
  6. Continue to find ways to fuse education and entertainment.
  7. Do not challenge team members in front of team members.
  8. Challenge team members in private; or, and unless, team meetings require it. (“As iron sharpens iron…”)
  9. Be a trusted advisor to your team members
  10. Always push beyond the status quo (“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do” – Voltaire)
  11. Value and Trust the process. (It’s ok to challenge it in private. See Factor 8)
  12. Take Risks (“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” T.S. Elliot)
  13. Iterate. Think. Learn. Engage. Get feedback. Adjust, based on what the market NEEDS. (“People do not know what they want until you put it in their hands.” Steve Jobs)
  14. Be Truthful – to yourself and to me.
  15. Be Alive and Seek Truth.
  16. If you want to go fast, do it yourself. If you want to go far, do it together. Trust and Work with your Team Members.
  17. Trust yourself to be who you were meant to be.
  18. Say “No” when you need to
  19. Say “Yes” when you know it’s right
  20. Push the envelope and go beyond conventional limits (“Limits are the domain of the limited.”  Morpheus, Matrix Resurrections)
  21. Fail. (If you’re pushing limits, you will fail before you succeed.)
  22. Fight creatively. (“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” – Buckminster Fuller)
  23. Provide an awesome and engaging experience for our customers (Health Professionals, Patients, Vendors, etc)
  24. Compete to win. Every day. (“Do you not know that in a race all runners run their very best to win…Run your race in such a way that you may win the prize and make it yours. Paul, 1 Corinthians 9.24)
  25. Create opportunities: for yourself, others, and the Team
  26. Hustle.
  27. Think. (“No one can be a great thinker who does not recognize that as a thinker it is his first duty to follow his intellect to whatever conclusions it may lead.” John Stuart Mill)
  28. Think like an Entrepreneur-owner.
  29. Remember that we are literally changing History by changing not one, but TWO Industries: Health (and the Management of Health) and Health Education
  30. Believe in the Vision that goes beyond our lives
  31. Trust that the Team is working toward the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people (health professionals, patients, and our employees and impact partners)
  32. Be a “crazy one.”
“Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world,
are the ones who do.”
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