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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Lead Great, Live Great

Rocky Noe, author of Hillbilly PhD did a wonderful post yesterday called Leadership 101 that shares a story about leadership lessons the parents and coaches of a pee wee baseball team learned from their 8 and 9-year olds. His story makes a couple of different impressions, and one of them for me was about the joy that came into the lives of everyone concerned as the result of some great leadership.

I had mentioned before that much of my thinking lately about “Great Leading” is coming from a re-reading I’m doing of Good to Great by Jim Collins. He shares this in Chapter 3 of his book:

Whenever I teach the good-to-great findings, someone almost always raises the issue of the personal coat in making a transition from good to great. In other words, it is possible to build a great company and also build a great life?

Yes.

When I asked how [Colman Mockler, the CEO most responsible for Gillette’s transition from good to great] accomplished this, the executive said, “Oh, it really wasn’t that hard for him. He was so good at assembling the right people around him, and putting the right people in the right slots, that he just didn’t need to be there all hours of the day and night. That was Colman’s whole secret to success and balance.”

… no matter what we achieve, if we don’t spend the vast majority of our time with people we love and respect—people we really enjoy being on the bus with and who will never disappoint us—then we will almost certainly have a great life, no matter where the bus goes.”
Very cool that Rocky and the other parents had such great kids who let them ride along on their bus. Read Leadership 101 by Rocky.

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