Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Find Your Courage to Be Great

Making the transition from good to great doesn't require a high-profile CEO, the latest technology, innovative change management, or even a fine-tuned business strategy. At the heart of those rare and truly great organizations is a corporate culture that rigorously hires and promotes disciplined people to think and act in a disciplined manner. In Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t Jim Collins shares research on why some companies are good and others are great. The principles can be applies to any fire organization. Do you have the courage to move your team from good to great?

Fundamental Principles:
  • Level 5 Leadership
    • Cause-centered ambition.
    • Fierce resolve to do whatever it takes to make good on that ambition.
    • Blend of personal humility and professional will.
  • First Who...Then What
    • Right people on the bus and in the right seat and the wrong people off the bus.
    • "Who” before what.
  • Confront the Brutal Facts (Yet Never Lose Faith) -  
    • Unwavering faith you can and will prevail.
    • Disciplined to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality.
  • Hedgehog Concept 
    • Deep understanding of 
      • What you are deeply passion about
      • What can you be the best at and what you cannot
      • What drives your economic or resource engine
  • Culture of Discipline
    • Disciplined people who engage in disciplined thought and who take disciplined action—operating with freedom within a framework of responsibilities.
  • Technology Accelerators
    • Carefully select technology and use as an accelerator of momentum not a creator of it.
  • The Flywheel and the Doom Loop
    • Building momentum until a point of breakthrough, and beyond.
  • Preserve the Core/Stimulate Progress
    • Adherence to core values combined with a willingness to challenge and change everything except those core values.
    • Have a purpose.
    • Purpose translated into goals to stimulate progress.
Good to Great Resources:
Wildland Fire Leadership Challenge

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