Jim Collins – Great By Choice
Eg: 20-mile march – imagine you are taking a cross-country march. You stick to a prescribed program no matter what the conditions.It’s not just about pushing, but also not overextending yourself and leaving yourself vulnerable to the changing conditions. This is also a kind of stewardship. Consecutive, consistent performance.Eg: The expansion plan of Southwest.What is your 20 mile march?
- Personal goals: quiet times, prayer, books you will read, marriage goals
- Corporate goals: leaders developed
What do I need to TODAY to hit the mark with consistency? The signature is mediocrity is not unwillingness to change, but chronic inconsistency.
Cf. “Culture Making” by Andy Crouch – creativity based on a understanding of the data of culture. You don’t just become creative. You cultivate creativity by understanding what has happened. Cultivate, then create.
Blend creativity with discipline. Creativity is natural. Discipline is not. Takes savvy to combine discipline so that it doesn’t suffocate creativity.
Planning for the unforeseen and unpredictable. Taking the paranoia and translating that into buffers and contingencies when times get tough. How will you manage in times of plenty in case times of difficulty.Eg: Joseph and EgyptHow much does this get distorted into a lack of faith? What about making room for divine intervention? Stepping out in faith?
SMaC = simple, methodical, and consistent. Once you figure it out, you follow it. You have the discipline to follow it, the paranoia to consistently examine it (in case it isn’t working), then the data to go out and innovate it. Preserve the core and stimulate progress by changing behaviors and practices.
- Superior performance relative to mission.
- Makes a distinctive impact. Who would miss us if we were gone and why?
- Achieves lasting endurance beyond any one leader. An organization cannot be truly great if it cannot be great without you. It can weather the chaos.
A great life is a meaningful life, and a meaningful life comes from meaningful work done with people you love.