How does an organization get better?

Turns out there aren’t that many ways.

One way is to find a new idea and bring it inside the organization.  That’s my hope for this blog.  On Monday through Thursday, we explore ideas from authors, thought leaders, and exemplary organizations which we can put to work in our organizations.  Or, in our lives.  

On Friday, I share something we’ve learned or are working on at PCI in our quest to earn a spot of Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in the world.

So, being intentional about putting new ideas to work is one way organizations gets better.

But there is a second strategy even more powerful than the first.

Hire great people!

As Jim Collins writes in his seminal book Good to Great: “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 the wrong people off the bus) and then figured out where to drive it.”

Why begin with “who” rather than “what”?

First, “you can easily adapt to a changing world,” writes Jim.  “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. Third, if 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.”

Next week we will explore further how to get the right people on the bus.

More next week.

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Reflection:  Are we spending enough time and energy on hiring the right people?

Action: Lead a discussion with my team or a colleague on how we can get better in this key area.

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