Written By: Maxwell Fayans
Estimated Read Time: 2-3 minutes
“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”- Barack Obama
Over the past few days I listened to the book Good to Great by Jim Collins. I heard about this book after reading Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh. He continually referred to it so I said to myself: let me give this a shot. It was on my “To Read” list, but I never got around to getting it.
This book had some great takeaways and I wanted to share those with you.
- To be a great leader, your decisions and actions need to be about the company and not yourself
- The leader does not let his ego get in the way of making decisions.
- The leader is not concerned about fame or his salary.
- When the company succeeds: the leader says it is because of the entire company, each and every employee. The leader believes they are lucky to be at such an amazing place.
- When the company makes a poor decision: the leader takes full responsibility.
- The leader will put the company first and do whatever it takes to accomplish the goal.
- Who before what
- It is about hiring the right people
- One needs disciplined people who you can trust will do an amazing job and will continue to “break new ceilings”
- Wait until you find the right person, as it will help your team to succeed rather than spend the time training someone who might have had some red flags
- Managers should manage the system not the people
- When you have the right people from the get go, a manager should manage the system to help make the team more productive and effective
- The goal/vision for your team should be simple
- Ask yourself: What can we be the best at?
- Continually ask yourself: Is the decision I am making getting our team closer to the goal?
- Stay focused, present and don’t let the sunk cost fallacy get in your way
- A culture of your own
- Bring in the right people that are aligned with your culture and values
- Make your workplace lively and fun. A place where you are excited to come in each and every day.
- Work should not just be work. It should be a place full of friends that are there for you, with that same passion and fire under their feet.
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