If you have achieved almost any level of success, it’s very easy to get caught up in all the praise and exaltation. This can create what I call the Delusion of Competence. This is our tendency to Continue reading The Delusion of Competence
Sooner or later we all end up having to have a difficult conversation with a peer or key employee. While they are rarely easy, handled well, these can be some of the most productive conversations had in the organization. Chris Reese, Judy Harris, Martha Kanaday, and Angela Jergler of Cirrus Business Group share several things you can do to protect yourself and the organization.
Making Your Company Great
I recently reviewed again the work of Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great. It was a great reminder that getting your company and its people to mastery is not simple nor is it quick. It takes vision, time and above all uncommon discipline and persistence. Many companies are looking for that magic bullet, the quick fix, to turn them around.
It just doesn’t work that way.
Collins relates it to the egg. Nobody really notices the egg just sitting there until one day there is a crack in it and out jumps a chick. The headlines are “Stunning Turnaround at Egg” and everyone is talking. But look at what was happening inside the egg for those 21 days. It was growing and developing, taking shape until it was ready to hatch. Maybe a bit silly but none the less an example we can relate to. The companies in their study that were determined to be great had such a story.
These companies were willing to take a hard look at their current state of affairs and make changes in critical areas including their people. The made clear decisions about who was in the company and only the A-players were on board. They had a clear vision, a clear why, and used that uncommon discipline and persistence to drive the “what” and the “how”.
Momentum builds slowly and with a lot of effort. The fly-wheel was hard to get going. There was a lot of the inertia of a body at rest to overcome. While it looked like not much was happening to the outside world these companies were getting into momentum with the right people and vision.
The leaders of these companies kept things simple: one core focus that all systems revolved around. They had such belief in the vision that they did whatever was necessary to become a great company that is a great place to work.
A great company, small or large, must buy into these beliefs. Within our client engagements we look at the business vision, culture, people, systems and more. We help them to understand what a team at mastery level is and help them to get there. We help the people be their best by understanding themselves and others better. We believe that every organization wants to be a healthy organization that is a great place to work. No company starts out to be mediocre or even good. They want to be great, yet many times lack the tools and experience to get there. They are also often too close to the business to see the path forward.
That’s why all organizations wanting to be great need a coach. Who is yours?
Creating your strategic plan is a primary duty as a business leader. All businesses big or small need to have a strategic plan, but what is it anyway? Chris Reese and Judi Harris explain what a strategic plan is and share some tips on what that plan should include.
Original Air Date – January 4, 2013 | BIZ1190 AM | Atlanta, GA
Recruiting quality talent is a topic that is top of mind with CEOs. Without a solid bench of talent, business growth is a scary thing. Chris and Judi offer some great tips for building your farm team as they visit with Phillip Saxton in this podcast.
Original Air Date – December 28th, 2013 | BIZ1190 AM | Atlanta, GA
Is social responsibility just for giant corporations? What is social responsibility anyway?
Chris and Judi explore this topic further in this episode from the Small Business Samaritans radio program on BIZ1190AM in Atlanta, GA.
Original Air Date – December 21, 2013
Preserving culture is a key concern of business leaders. How does an organization grow without diluting the very thing that helped set it apart?
Chris and Judi give some insight into this very important topic.
Original Air Date – December 7, 2013
Cascading communication is one of the keys to creating clarity in an organization.
Chris and Judi take a deeper dive into what that looks like from the top down and from the edge up.
Original Air Date – November 30th, 2013
Built to sell – why your business should always be ready.
You’ve probably read Built to Last, but is your business built to sell?
In this episode, Chris and Judi talk about why it’s important to be working to have your company is sale shape even if you never sell.
Original Air Date – November 23, 2013
What is the right amount of celebration within an organization? Does celebration really help get anything done?
I’m still getting caught up on getting these out. These are just a few of the questions Chris and Judi answer in this segment from Small Business Samaritans Radio on BIZ1190AM in Atlanta, GA.
Original Air Date – November 16, 2013.