SCOTT DOW -
"You don't need a leader to stand in place. But business operates in perpetual motion. And with each day that passes, this perpetual motion is pushing us further and further from today's norms. The status quo.
It's like a bus ride. The bus makes occasional stops, but it never parks because the bus has a route, and a schedule, and a destination. So it stays in perpetual motion and it doesn't wait on people.
Getting people on the bus is a common business saying. It was popularized by Jim Collins in the book Good to Great, where he talked about the importance of getting the right people 'on the bus'. But you've got to influence people to get on the bus, and that takes leadership.
Leadership is all about moving people forward. It's helping them keep pace with the change that comes from all this perpetual motion.
Here are some tips...
Explain the bus ride to your people.
- We're in perpetual motion.
- Change is constant.
- Rules change.
- We've got to keep moving.
- The bus may slow, but it won't stop for long.
Then celebrate the journey, the perpetual motion.
- Track your progress, the movement, and acknowledge the positive change.
- Don't focus on the destination.
- Use short-term objectives.
- Set milestones, set a schedule - when's our next bus stop?
And keep celebrating the progress, the movement, the perpetual motion forward. Time keeps moving, and we're all passengers. But we've got to keep up. The bus doesn't wait and we can't stand in place."
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