Below is a video from CNN this weekend. I think Dan’s view on relationships is evident with the interview of Shane Windmeyer of Campus Pride.
Working at Chick-fil-A, you often hear others say, “Wow, Chick-fil-A is SUCH a great company!”
While it’s true I have the privilege to work for an awesome Store that is part of a great company, outsiders rarely notice that it has taken years and years to achieve that status & company culture.
Some say that great companies are:
- blessed with luck
- risk seeking
- will be making big, bold moves
Well let me tell you this…
Your competition is also (if not better than you):
- more creative
- more visionary
- more charismatic
- more ambitious
- more lucky
- more risk seeking
- more heroic
- making bigger, bolder moves
So what makes your company one that is is more efficient, more profitable, has better products and makes better decisions than your competitor? Here’s a hint… It has to be “something” deep within the culture that isn’t easily copied or followed.
In his latest book, Jim Collins says, “Great companies embrace a paradox of control & non control. They have Fanatic Control, Empirical Creativity and Productive Paranoia.” These three combined create what Collins calls “Level 5 Ambition” for an organization.
Does your company have these three traits? Do you have these traits in your team?
A crucial part of leadership is getting the right people on your side. Jim Collins has a great analogy below.