Leadership Lessons from Jim Collins


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If you do or do not succeed, it is not because of your circumstances. It is about the decisions you make as a leader.

That will make you think.

Why be good when you can be great? Good is the enemy of great. Don’t settle for just being good or you might as well just settle for being mediocre.

Think of your church or organization as a bus. As leaders, we are responsible for getting the right people in the right seats on the bus. Then we can drive them to where we need to go.

Too many times we ask what questions when we should be asking who questions. The answer to what we are searching for may lie in a person that we need to place in a position.

Bad decisions made with good intentions are still bad decisions. The only mistakes you learn from are the ones that you survive.

Leadership begins with humility. A leader is first a servant. A leader must have fanatic discipline. The people that follow the leader and the organization will only be as disciplined as the leader is disciplined. Leadership empowers both emperical creativity and productive paranoia. Use your imagination. Think outside the box. Be inspired and then inspire others.

Fire bullets before you fire cannonballs. Test decisions to see if they will work and when you find what works go for it with all you have.

The signature to mediocrity is chronic inconsistency. Hold on to your values. Change and adapt your practices but keep your values.

Ten things that Jim Collins gave us as leaders.

1. Run the Good to Great diagnostic at www.jimcollins.com
2. How many seats are available on the bus to be filled with the right people?
3. Who will you allow to mentor you? A great mentor changes your life in seconds.
4. Find your personal hedgehog. Collins explains this in his books and website.
5. 20 mile march – Persevere. Push through trials and difficulty. Keep going.
6. Fire bullets.
7. Turn off electronic gadgets two days every two weeks or once a week.
8. Do you need to make a Stop Doing List?
9. Double your reach to people half your age by changing your practices and keeping your values.
10. Make yourself useful.

Be rigorous not ruthless. The work is too important to have the wrong people in the seats on the bus. You need to have the right people in the right seats.

Innovation needs discipline. Discipline amplifies creativity.