Great Leadership Lessons

Good Enough Never Is

Great Leadership Lessons,

Collins is so ironic and right in one of last paragraphs in the chapter, Good Enough Never Is, that I'll give you most of that quote.

The good news is that one of the key elements of being a visionary company is strikingly simple: Good old-fashioned hard work, dedication to improvement, and continually building for the future will take you a long way. 

Try a Lot of Stuff and Keep What Works

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8 Ideas to Guide Your Constant Experimenting

Remember we are talking about  stimulating the periphery. We are not talking about the core. You always keep and preserve the CORE. On everything else, Collins says great organizations are constantly innovating, experimenting . . . trying a lot of stuff and keeping what works. Here are eight ideas to help you do just that.

Remember, preserve your core mission, values and culture.

All innovation and experimentation is in the service of your CORE.

Raving Fans in Every Seat of the Bus - How to Create Them!

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The Three Things You Must Do to Have Raving Fans on the Bus

In three phrases, you need (1) the right hiring, (2) the right training and (3) the right supervision. Let's unpack each one.

ONE:  The Right Hiring
It may be more appropriate to say - hiring the right people. Jim Collins makes an interesting point (and it is one that has been confirmed by my own experience). You MUST hire people who already have your core mission, values and ethos as a part of who they are. One of the frequent failures is hiring people who have the competencies we need but not the same values and ethos. We assume that if they are somewhat ballpark, we can imprint our values/ethos on them. I have "yet" to see this really work.

Raving Fans in Every Seat of the Bus - When You Don't Have Them

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And Trust Me - It is Going to be a Real Problem When You Don't . . .

Yesterday I introduced the idea of Raving Fan to talk about the kinds of employees you want to have as a part of your team. When Jim Collins talks about having the RIGHT PEOPLE in the right seat on the bus, at the very least, the Right People are true Raving Fans of the organization.

They love the organization.
They love the mission and values (The Core) of the organization.
They love the culture of the organization.
They love the "story" of the organization.
They love what they do as part of the organization.

10 Suggestions for Setting Good BHAGs

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So Just How Big Are We Talking?
Big is one thing. Excessive is something else.
Audacious can be inspiring. Ridiculous is discouraging.

So just how big are we talking? How audacious? How beautiful? How challenging? How inspiring? How demanding? How much hard work is appropriate? 

And how do I know what is both realistic and also beyond what I can do on my own? How do I navigate living by confidence in knowing what I can do with some hard work and living by faith, trusting God to do more than what I can get done with my strength?

Nine Reasons Why Christians Resist BHAG Thinking and Living

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I have asked this question many times as I work with leaders. Why do Christians "resist" the idea of BHAGs? When I get strong and negative reactions from Christians about BHAGs, I am no longer surpised. I thought I knew why Christians react the way they do, but I wanted to get a broader perspective. So I ask leaders their opinions about the resistance. Here is a summary of the answers that are offered most often.

ONE:  Pride.
As Christians we know pride is so easily a very bad thing. To talk about BHAGs seems to verge terribly close to that most deadly of sins. Best to avoid it altogether. Why put yourself in a situation where temptation to pride abou the great things you are doing and accomplishing will trouble you.

Scott Adams and Great Leadership Lessons

Sneaking in Great Leadership Lessons, Note 10.5
I thought this post about how Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, thinks about goals, very interesting and worth reading, especially as I am talking about BHAGs.

I think it is always good to wrestle with differnet viewpoints on these vital matters.

Scott Adams on Why Big Goals Are For Losers.


Dilbert seting goals

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International


It is Always about RESULTS

Quote on getting results, All organizations are perfectly designed to get the results they are now getting.Great Leadership Lessons, Note 09
If there is one SIMPLE but yet VERY HARD leadership mindset you don't have it is this. You are not focused on results nearly as much as you need to. If you want to experience the power of great leadership, you will need to make this a major upgrade in how you lead.


The Genius of Both - And

F. Scott Fitzgerald  the test of a first rate intelligenceGreat Leadership Lessons,

What I say next is not an over-statement. Of all the many, many things Jim Collins has taught me about leadership, there is one insight that stands above all the others. It is an insight not just about leadership, but about life itself. It was a paradigm shifting insight and it affects all my thinking about everything. Whether it is leadership, spirituality, theology, culture, mission, communication... this insight is core. Here it is.

It is the Genius of Both-And.

Simply it means this. We are dualists at heart. We tend to fall into an Either-Or mentality. We think we can have one thing or the other. Some examples . . . 

It Must Always be About the Organization

great man theory of leadershipGreat Leadership Lessons, NOTE 07.
There is some paradox involved in this lesson... and frankly, quite a bit of in-the-face challenge as well. Give me a little grace and space to write about myself as an example. I will get to that in a moment.

We live in a culture that still loves the Great Leader Story. We love our leaders larger than life. We love heroic leaders. We love the leader who takes a decisive stand against all the others, against the crowd, against the popular way...and proves to be RIGHT. We love the superstar leaders. We love the celebrity leader. This is not just in the world, but the church deals with this just as much.


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