“I was trying to get ahead by correcting others when I should have been trying to connect with others”
– Jim Collins, Good to Great, pg. 29.
If you are a busy leader… you might fall into this trap.
We need to get things done. And with a significant proposal or partnership, you might need to correct someone working for you.
Connect with them first. Try to slow down, or tell them that the deadline is next week. You can tell them how much you enjoy their work, or even make them laugh.
Then the work flows so much easier, so much more naturally. And life and work is more enjoyable too!
Connect… then correct.
Or perhaps even better…
Connect and recommend, adjust, ask… for their advice… work with them.
Kindhearted teamwork (even when we are under significant pressure) is the right way to go.
This quote is from “Good to Great,” a best-selling book published in 2001 by James C. Collins. This book aims to help readers understand why and how some companies go from being good to being great as was a tremendous success. He has published many well-known books that deal with successful companies, sustainability, and leadership.
Aside from being a respected writer, James Collins is an American businessman and consultant advising firms in the profit and nonprofit sectors, such as The Girl Scouts of the USA and the US Marine Corps. He is married to Ironman winner and accomplished triathlete, Joanne Ernst. He believes that “Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline.” Click here to be redirected to the “Good to Great Diagnostic Tool” where you can learn about to how to start your personal path to greatness.