Jim Collins' message at this year's Global Leadership Summit was probably the one that I will chew on for the longest time. There is so much in this to reflect on and begin applying immediately in becoming a great leader. Collins is probably best known for his book Good to Great and has recently released the book Great By Choice. Here are my notes from his session at the Summit:
Studied the differences in leadership behaviors from small to great company leaders Humility combined with will is the X factor to great leaders 3 distinctive leadership behaviors: 1) Fanatic Discipline 2) Empirical Creativity 3) Productive Paranoia Fanatic Discipline Standard performance to hit What is your 20 mile march? To turn good intentions into great results. 20 mile march can be personal. Commitment to quiet time, reading, etc. 20 mile march can apply to relationships. 20 mile march is about consistency. Ask the question: what do we need to do today? The signature of mediocrity is not an unwillingness to change, but is chronic inconsistency. Discipline alone is not enough. Empirical Creativity Fire bullets then fire cannonballs Comparison leaders don't fire enough bullets Blend creativity and discipline. Creativity is natural, discipline is not. The challenge is not to become creative, but to get rid of the stuff that gets in the way of our creativity.
Productive Paranoia Great companies ran 3 to 10 times the cash reserves of comparable companies It is what you do before you are in trouble so that you can be strong when people most need you. SPaC- Specific, Methodical, and Consistent The greatest danger is not failure, it is being successful without knowing why you are successful in the first place. Preserve the Core and Stimulate Progress
What is my responsibility to get the most out of this unexpected event? How do you make the most of it rather than squander it? How to get the most out of every moment and every event.
Greatness is a matter of conscious choice and discipline.
What is a great organization? 1) Superior performance relative to your mission 2) Makes a distinctive impact (what would be lost if we disappeared?... if your church went away, who would miss you?) 3) Achieves lasting endurance beyond any one leader (an organization is not truly great if it cannot be great if it cannot be great without you)
Here are links to my Notes from the other speakers at the 2012 Summit: