Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20
Good morning, I am in Indianapolis at an excellent coaching clinic being put on by LQ Performance Strategies which is a company of Ambassador Enterprises. Good exercise, but I am ready to get home and see my family!
Who is walking with you? Who is really influencing you? In the coaching clinic yesterday, we were taught that people are greatly impacted by those they work with and spend a great deal of time with, which is why an organization with high standards and great people has a tendency to lift the standards of the people they touch. We also learned that the reverse can be true as well.
So, are you intentional about who you walk with? Are you seeking out the companionship of wise and godly people? Are you learning from the example of their lives?
And one last question – are you someone who challenges and lifts up those you connect with or do you drag others down? My desire is to be someone who lifts up others to a new standard of excellence.
Hope you have a blessed weekend!
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?
“The great task, rarely achieved, is to blend creative intensity with relentless discipline so as to amplify the creativity rather than destroy it. When you marry operating excellence with innovation, you multiply the value of your creativity.” – Jim Collins in Great by Choice.
Discipline in operating excellence is critical for your ministry, even more so than innovation.
What about operating excellence in your personal life? Are you rigorous there as well?
Have a great weekend!