The Right People

One of the keys to building any organization whether it is a team, a business, a government, a charity, a non-profit, a partnership a cooperative or a social group, is getting the right people on it.

In his book “Good To Great,” Jim Collins identifies one of the key components of “Great Companies” is, as he puts it, “getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus and getting the right people in the right seats.” Who are the “Right People?”

You know the right people when you are with them or around them . . . . they have the right mix of talent, skills and experience . . . they fit with what you are trying to accomplish . . . . they are fun to be around . . . . they are easy to work with . . . . they show you respect . . . they are not antagonistic . . . . they have a positive attitude . . . . they aren’t down much . . . . they don’t gossip about people . . . . they give great effort . . . . they have great passion . . . . they are the kind of people that you want on your team . . . . they make other people around them better . . . . like Magic Johnson was with the LA Lakers.

Well, if those are the right people. . . . then who are the “Wrong People?” Who are the people that you don’t want on your bus. You know the wrong people also, they are . . . . negative, always having a bad day . . . . backbiters . . . gossipers . . . . untrustworthy . . . . out for themselves . . . . not team players . . . . divisive . . . . tear down organizations rather than building them up . . . . they are not conducive to building unity . . . . don’t work well with others . . . disrespect people . . . disruptive . . . . they aren’t a good fit with your culture!

So if you get all the wrong people off the team or out of the business, and you load it up with the right people . . . . then you get the right people in the right seats, that is, the best positions for their talents and what they have a passion doing . . . . you are in the position to create and develop a “Great Team.”

The foundation of any organization is it’s people, and getting the right people working in the same direction is a key factor in successful projects.

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