Episode 32: It's All About People

 

1. Leaders Find the Right People

The first thing that you have to do before training people is to have the right people on the team.  

Leaders think about the people factor before all else.

Once you have the people on your team, then you can start to form a direction, strategy, vision, etc.  

BOOK: Good To Great, Jim Collins - figure out who is on the team, and then formulate the vision from there.  

Getting the right people on the team is important, and removing people who do not fit can be just as important.  

BOOK: Leaders Eat Last, Patrick Lencioni -  “For organizations seriously committed to making teamwork a cultural reality, I'm convinced that 'the right people' are the ones who have three virtues in common - humility, hunger, and people smarts.”

QUESTION: What kind of people do you have around you at this moment?  Are you concerned about getting the right people on the team? 

 

2. Leaders Stay Focused on the Right People

“Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together.” - Robert South

Leaders are in a relentless pursuit, not to fulfill the vision, but to get the right people and they continue to add to that team during the process of any project.

Building into people on a continual basis is the most important thing that you can do. 

“The team is the star of the team.” - John Wooden

 

3. Leaders Keep Adding the Right People

BOOK: Beauty Queen: Inside the Reign of Avon's Andrea Jung - Deborrah Himsel 

Andrea Jung says, “Talent is the number one priority for a CEO. You think it's about vision and strategy, but you have to get the right people first.”  

It doesn’t matter if you have all of the vision of the world.  If you don’t have the right people around you then you really can’t do very much with a great vision.

QUESTION: Are you following good men and women? 

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." - Michael Jordan 

 

MO’s Final Thoughts

Whether it is John Wooden and the Bruins of the 60s and 70s, Wells Fargo of the 1980s, the Bulls of the 1990s, or a whole slew of winning football coaches over the course of several decades, it is always the people that matter.  We never know when the next great talent is going to present himself or herself.  

“Leaders do two things:  They build people, and they build teams.” 

 Start with the people, build the teams, change the world. 

 

Amazon Book Links:

Good to Great, Jim Collins - https://amzn.to/36Jin5l

Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek - https://amzn.to/36Nes7Q 

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell - https://amzn.to/2O4tr6Q 

Beauty Queen: Inside the Reign of Avon's Andrea Jung, Deborrah Himsel - https://amzn.to/3yCKUVK 

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