Do You You Have The Right People On Your Bus?
The executives who ignited
the transformations from good to great did
not first figure out where to drive the bus
and then get people to take it there. No, they
first got the right people on the bus and in
the right seats (and the wrong people off the
bus) and then figured out where to drive it.
They said, in essence, “Look, I don’t
really know where we should take this bus.
But I know this much: If we get the right people
on the bus, the right people in the right seats,
and the wrong people off the bus, then we’ll
figure out how to take it someplace great.”
The good-to-great leaders understood three
First, if you begin
with “who,” rather than “what,” you can more easily adapt
to a changing world. If people join the bus primarily because of where it is
going, what happens if you get ten miles down the road and you need to change
direction? You’ve got a problem. But if people are on the bus because of
who else is on the bus, then it’s much easier to change direction: “Hey,
I got on this bus because of who else is on it; if we need to change direction
to be more successful,
fine with me.”
Second, if you have the right people on the bus, the problem of how to motivate
and manage people largely goes away. The right people don’t need to be
tightly managed or fired up; they will be self-motivated by the inner drive to
produce the best results and to be part of creating something great.
you have the wrong people, it doesn’t matter whether you discover the right
direction; you still won’t have a great company. Great vision without great
people is irrelevant.
From Jim Collins book Good To Great
If you have note yet read Good to Great,
I highly recommend it. I believe it is
one of the great and wise books of our
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