Monday (Tuesday) Morning Message on Lean June 1, 2010

June 1, 2010

Like most Americans I took yesterday off and reflected on the people that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. For Memorial Day, I decided to use a quote from General (Ret.) Colin Powell. Do you have the right people on your team?

“You give me the right people, and I don’t much care what organization you give me. Good things will happen.  Give me the wrong people, and it doesn’t matter what you do with the organization.  Bad things will happen.” – Colin Powell

That is a pretty powerful statement. Think about your organization – do you have the right people? Are they able to change with the times? This is akin to Jim Collin’s (author of “Good to Great”) notion of getting the right people on the bus. Another way I like to say it is “Hire for attitude, train for skills.” If you have people that have a great attitude (willing to learn, change, try new things, etc.) then, for the most part, you can train them achieve a great level of success. Of course, there are skills that are just natural gifts, but those too need to be coached and guided. Think about a surgeon with steady hands or Michael Jordan skills on the basketball court. So let’s get the right people on the team, train them correctly, and coach them.

So here’s to your team and that “Good things will happen.”

Here’s a salute to my fellow veteran’s that have served or are currently serving our country.

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