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What 3 ideas Jim Collins suggests leaders use to {avoid} motivate {ing} people.

We are going to try something a little different today.

We are inviting Jim Collins into theviewfromhere today as a guest speaker. How did we get him? Well, without asking him, of course. He’s far, far too busy to make time for us little guys but nonetheless we are still impressed with his attitude for learning, sharing knowledge and helping people succeed. That’s why we highly doubt that he will be fussed if we share the short video below with you.

Mr. Collins, in pushing his new book, Great by Choice released in November 2011, discusses the potential of employers killing, yes KILLING, motivation in an organization if they don’t pay attention to three simple little ideas.

So, let’s set this up for you.

Jim is naturally talking about leadership and leadership is a subject near and dear to our hearts around this joint. He offers his insights into the 3 ways that leadership can actually serve an injustice to their organizations simply though the neglect of dealing with issues, disengaging with employees and avoiding small wins in the pursuit of a lofty vision.

So, what are these 3 fundamentally simple ideas?

Well, first off Jim talks about confronting the brutal facts. He suggests that leaders need to confront issues, the problems, the challenges that their business faces and include their teams in solving them instead of hiding them away. He wants us to confront those scary things that hide under rocks (his words not mine).

Next he turns to engagement. Why do leaders need to engage their teams in dialogue before decisions are made? Are we wasting their time if decisions are made before engagement? He talks about a concept adopted by Intel called disagree then commit. It is incredibly simple in how it works and why it works.

And at last one of our favourites around here; he talks about the importance of taking small steps and demonstrating tangible results along the way on the road to creating your vision.

So, without further ado, click on the still below and enjoy the ride, all 3:29 of it.

CLICK on the image to watch the video

Now, we wouldn’t feel right if we let you off that easy.

We challenge you to ask yourself how you can apply this to the work you do. You might not be a leader in an organization, in a leadership position or in any form of management at all. Hey, you might be an entrepreneur. It doesn’t really matter now does it? You work with people every day and your work, your personality and your ideas influence others. Every day.

It’s a fact of life.

So, we challenge you to think about what you can do to share your problems, issues and realities of your work with those people that matter to you. If you don’t, why not? What have you go to lose? What’s the worst that can happen? You get nothing in return which is as much as you had when you started.

What can you do to engage those around you? Why is it a good idea to debate ideas? Why is it better to challenge and engage in healthy discussion than simply saying yes or walking away?

Why is imperative to set small obtainable goals for your growth? What does it mean to you to chip away slowly at that big hairy audacious goal one piece at a time?

 Why is this stuff so important to your success?


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5 thoughts on “What 3 ideas Jim Collins suggests leaders use to {avoid} motivate {ing} people.

  1. For one, few heads are smarter than one, which is why it’s always wise to share ideas and brainstorm with others. Employers are usually afraid that the employees will be only thinking about their own well-being, not the well-being of the company, so they make the fatal mistake of deciding on their own and announcing them as a final word. I believe people are getting more and more aware of the importance of sharing, challenging and engaging. Really interesting post Ralph. Thanks!

    Posted by sophiesignin | May 1, 2012, 11:00
  2. Thanks Sophie, have to give the credit to Jim Collins. Agreed, employee employer engagement needs to continue on the upswing for business to realize their success. It’s a wonder that these issues actually exist when you think about them logically. Why would an employer not see the benefit of the braintrust they hire?

    Thanks for stopping by. your words are appreciated.

    Posted by rdopping | May 1, 2012, 19:40
  3. It is indeed completely logical. Employers don’t see the benefit because of previous bad experiences maybe or fear. This is a huge problem in my region and employees are all manipulated, paid minimal or not at all and forced to overtime and work which isn’t in their job description. Basically, employers have the power and the employees have nothing and are supposed to be grateful for any job they get. It’ll get better, but it’s difficult to endure.

    Posted by sophiesignin | May 3, 2012, 04:49
    • Keep the faith Sophie. I hope it is possible for you to start to change things slowly from within. While it is a huge challenge to endure change it might be just that which could help you. Send me an email if you want to discuss further. I am open to offering further insights where I can. Good luck and try to keep it positive and look for those opportunities to change things for the better. One day at a time.

      Posted by rdopping | May 3, 2012, 06:16
  4. Thanks for the great kindness. I’m always positive, don’t worry, but I wish I could transform the situation. One day a time is the perfect advice, thanks again!

    Posted by sophiesignin | May 3, 2012, 06:48

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