Part of what we encourage at The Coaching Institute is continued professional and personal development. It is an essential component to success and one that successful business owners recommend. One book on our reading list here at The Coaching Institute, for those interested in understanding what differentiates a great organisation from a good one, is one by author Jim Collins, titled Good to Great. A significant amount of research has gone into this book and one of the questions that started Jim Collins and his research team on their quest was “Can a good company become a great company, and if so, how“? And, great doesn’t mean a ‘flash in the pan’ success, rather it is a sustainable record of success. While we share some insight into this discovery it is a highly recommended read for anyone wanting to pursue sustainable greatness in their organisation.
An interesting disovery was that leaders of these ‘good to great’ organisations ensured they “…first got the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats – and then they figured out where to drive it”.
So, to translate that into language that we coaches may be more familiar with, your ideal employees share your values, passion and goals, you ensure you put them into the roles that suit them (addressing their six core needs for example) and then figure out what your new vision and your new business strategy was. Those that don’t aren’t going to assist you move forward, aren’t going to want to be part of the passion and vision and are better served being supported in finding something more aligned to their values and passion.
A timely reminder from Collin’s research was that “The old adage “People are your most important asset” turns out to be wrong. People are not your most important asset. The right people are”.
There is a massive amount of information in this book, and with all research, take on board and blend what works for you. Why not let us know what you think?