Thursday, June 3, 2010
First Who then What
Jim Collins writes in his excellent book, "From Good to Great" that the foundation of every organization starts with its people. Many times we get this backwards when we hire folks to "fit" into a specific mold and ignore their unique talents, gifts, and passions. Jim Collins uses an analogy that really stuck with me while reading his book. He says an organization should first get the right people on the bus, then get the wrong people off. Finally, he says the task of leadership is getting the right people into the right seats. Simple but profound. Did you know that the greatest leader in the history of the world did something similar? Jesus in Luke 6: 12-17, prayed all night about His selection of who would become His closest followers...The 12 Disciples. Jesus' plan was to spend as much time training these men as possible because He knew that one day they would be entrusted with the undaunting task of spreading His message across every tongue and tribe on the face of the earth. So if you are ever put in a leadership position, remember to follow in the footsteps of the ultimate leader, Jesus. He set the standard, and if followed, will lead you and your endeavours to the promise land.