What do you find yourself focusing on…problems? Or opportunities? Think about the kinds of things that draw your attention…and your best people. Where do you find yourself spending your very finite energy? If you’re like many of us, and you’re honest, you’ll have to say that you’re actually spending more time solving problems than you are capitalizing on opportunities. Dohhhhhhhh!
After a great discussion last week about the importance of having the right people in the right seats I threw Good to Great into my bag for review. I know you’ve probably read Jim Collins’ work, but if you haven’t looked it over lately…it may be time.
Here’s what I found today. Collins discovered that Good to Great companies put their best people on their biggest opportunities…not their biggest problems. Hmmmmm. Is that what we do? Collins also found that his comparison companies failed "to grasp the fact that managing your problems can only make you good, whereas building your opportunities is the only way to become great (p. 59)."
We’ve talked a lot about the fact that there are no problem-free solutions. Here’s another reason it makes more sense to simply choose the problem set you’d rather have…and then put your best people on the opportunities within your reach.
So…are you focusing on your problems? Or on opportunities?