There are two ingredients in successful organizations: Smart & Healthy.
It is almost impossible to build a competitive advantage
based on knowledge because it is too easy to copy.
Very few organizations are healthy enough to tap into the knowledge that is there.
~ Patrick Lencioni
The truth in this quote is so powerful that I can’t stop thinking about it.
How many organizations do you know that are desperately seeking solutions and yet continually ignore the wisdom of their customers, their employees and the opportunities within their own culture?
I recently spoke to a group of people and shared information that challenged their thinking and their behavior. Afterwards several people approached with questions and comments.
One woman had received the message and wanted help in taking the next step.
Another woman expressed her gratitude for the message. She admitted that she had always struggled in one particular area – but until today, she hadn’t realized it. Now she was actively processing the new information and beginning to visualize what a change in her behavior would look like.
Then a man stepped forward that was actively rejecting the message.
Once upon a time I worked for a charismatic leader with a serious set of skills. Someone I learned from constantly and deeply admired …
- Until I caught him in a lie.
- And then a second one.
- A third one.
- A fourth one.
- And finally a fifth one.
The crazy part was – I wasn’t hunting for lies. I literally kept tripping into them – all five in a very short amount of time after years of working together.
When I confronted for the last time. He said, “I don’t know how you keep finding these things out.” No denial. No excuses. No apology.
A short time later – I “fired him” by turning in my notice.
Titled leaders and employees can all be tempted to overlook honesty because of skill.
Real leaders know that they can’t fight every battle.
But their values are crystal clear long before they are faced with critical decisions.
So when a situation demands it they don’t hide, cower or flock…
Against: Wasting time and resources
For: Efficiency, effectiveness and growth
Against: Treating humans like disposable toothpaste tubes
Against: Manipulators that seek to serve themselves
Those who to stand, risk being:
But their commitment to a greater good drives them to lead in an uncommon way.
They are the leaders that inspire generations.
Real leaders are like eagles, they don’t flock… You find them one at a time.