Did you take Latin in high school or college? Unfortunately, I did not – nor did I take Spanish, French or German. My counselors thought it best I focus on English. Decades later, I’m still working on it!
Jim Collins has had a profound impact on my leadership. Many of you know Jim from his books, Built to Last, Good to Great, etc. Of all Jim’s work, one of his ideas has been far more challenging, and haunting, to me than all the others.
In his blog last week, Seth Godin wrote about the 1%. He said:
That’s how many you get if you’re lucky. One percent of the subscribers to the Times read an article and take action. One percent of the visitors to a website click a button to find out more. One percent of the people in a classroom are sparked by an idea and go do something about it.
Over the last few years, Jim Collins has asked our organization some great questions. Here’s an example: What are the “key seats” in your organization? How many of those seats are currently filled by the right person? These are powerful questions – but in this case, the real challenge was what Jim said next.
The final facet of Engage and Develop Others is to develop others. For some leaders this comes very naturally and for others it is a discipline that must be cultivated. Regardless of the ease or rigor required, the leaders we admire the most figure this out.