The Nine Dynamics Of Change

“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out.” ― Steve Jobs We’ve all had something we wanted to change, and at one point or another, we’ve run into...

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Four Levels of Change

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ― Leo Tolstoy Thomas didn’t like change. Shortly after getting married, his wife began to turn his bachelor pad into something more suitable for a family. Thomas would come home to find a...

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Are You Qualified To Lead?

“The reality is that the Lord never calls the qualified; He qualifies the called.” - Henry Blackaby In order to be a great leader, do you have a be the “lone wolf” type, or have all the answers? Or, do you have to be an extrovert, or a Type-A personality? Do you have...

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Transformational Leadership

“Leadership is influence.” – John Maxwell The “leadership is influence” quote above illustrates a very important principle. If we have influence in at least one person’s life, then by definition that makes us a leader. Many people don’t think of themselves as leaders,...

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The Flywheel and the Doom Loop

“The gent who wakes up and finds himself a success hasn't been asleep.” – Wilson Mizner When we see companies that seem to have had an incredible overnight success, it causes us to question whether our own company is on the right track. If we’re not careful, comparing...

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Technology Accelerators

“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” – Bill Gates The process of...

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A Culture of Discipline

“The purpose of bureaucracy is to compensate for incompetence and lack of discipline…” – Jim Collins Discipline is the common denominator that runs through all three stages of making the leap from Good to Great. Stage One is Disciplined People, Stage Two is...

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Hedgehog Concept

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” – Isaiah Berlin In his Good to Great study, Jim Collins says that foxes pursue many ends at the same time and see the world in all its complexity – this leaves them scattered, diffused, and...

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Face the Brutal Facts

“Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.” – Jack Welch Once a Level 5 Leader has finished getting the right people on their team, they focus Stage Two of making the leap from Good to Great – Disciplined Thought. This starts with facing the brutal...

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First Who… Then What

“The old adage ‘People are your most important asset’ is wrong. People are not your most important asset. The right people are.” – Jim Collins In order for a "good" company to transition into a "great" company, they must have a culture that embodies Disciplined...

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