Getting the Right People on the Bus

I started re-reading the book, “Good to Great”. This book is a valuable tool to keep oneself centered on the solution to everyone’s problem.

First Who…Then What.

“We found instead that they first got the right people on the bus, then the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats-and then they figured out where to drive it. …”People are not your most important asset. The right people are.”

When was the last time you read this book? I highly recommend it to everyone. It’s a great business book, but it’s a better book to remind us what’s important in life and how to work with others.

My last quote from this book this morning.

“Every good-to-great company embraced what we came to call the Stockdale Paradox: You must maintain unwavering faith that you can and will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties, AND at the same time have the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.

We all have to be brutally honest with ourselves in every aspect of our lives. Are we doing the right things? Are we treating others in a manner that helps them or hurts them? When we can be brutally honest with ourselves we can then be brutally honest with others correctly and in humility. We can all grow and become better people through whatever we’re going through and because of it. I know there’s a lot more to it than that, however, we have to start somewhere and this is a better place than most.

General Fabricators is the best place to work! We’d love to say we never make a mistake, if we did, we wouldn’t be being brutally honest with ourselves. What I can say is that we do better than any other company to make right what we got wrong. I can say that it’s not often we have these things to deal with, when we do, it’s a fast and furious race to make the solution that brings the least amount of harm to the project.

Being honest with ones self is crucial to personal growth. We have to see our shortcomings before others have to point it out to us. Then pride gets in the way, we just don’t want to admit we have room to grow when someone is pointing out where we need to improve.

We need to stop being busy, “being busy”. Evaluate what we’ve done and what we’re about to do BEFORE we do it. Is it the right thing? Is it the best thing? Is it what this particular situation needs? Right now? Don’t do things because it’s what we’ve always done. GROW UP, take responsibility for what we do or have done. It’s our position in the company or in our lives that I’m talking about. We have it, earned or not, now “own” it, make something great out of it.