Most of us want to be part of a “great” organization – if we are the owner, we want it to be a great organization. Often times when we do encounter a great organization we think that they were just at the right place at the right time of in other words, lucky. The reason our organization is not great is because we weren’t so lucky.
According to Jim Collins in Great by Choice – that argument is not valid based on their research of over six thousand years of corporate history. He contends the following:
“. . .greatness is not primarily a matter of circumstance; greatness is first and foremost a matter of conscious choice and discipline. The factors that determine whether or not a company becomes truly great, even in a chaotic and uncertain world, lie largely within the hands of its people. It is not mainly a matter of what happens to them but a matter of what they create, what they do, and how well they do it.”
It is a choice to be great and the discipline required to be so. It is a choice to set high standards – to not compromise and the willingness to act in a disciplined manner. This is hard work and requires making difficult choices. The bottom line is that a great organization is achievable – if you choose it and are willing to work to make it so.
What is your choice?