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GOOD-ness or OK-ness

Today, I want to talk to you about an experience that we had at an Integrator Mastery Forum held here in Dallas.

At the end of the day, we were doing issue solving. There were two separate issues that came up where in both situations the Integrator was accommodating something in their Accountability Chart™ that wasn’t quite right. In both cases, it was creating extra work for the Integrator. As we worked through these, I took them through a set of challenges that I want to take you through today.

The first challenge is to look at the situation and decide if the structure is right for getting the business to where you want it to go. In both cases, the answer was “no.” In the first situation, the explanation was: “Yeah, but it’s not really causing any problems right now.” It was clear that a realization washed over them as they said it out loud. In the other situation, it was, “No, but it’s okay. They’re really good people.” Again, the realization started to flow over them. In both cases, it was just okay. It wasn’t causing immediate problems. However, they both realized that it wasn’t consistent with the structure that would get them to the next level.

Second level of the challenge: If the structure was right for getting to the next level, would these be the right people in that new structure? In both cases, again, the answer was “no.” When I hear that, it kind of makes me question commitment to the vision. How committed are you to getting this business to where you want it to go? If you are committed, why are you not moving in that direction? Why aren’t you doing what you need to do to get us there?

We live in a spectrum of things that are bad and things that are great. It’s obvious to us when things are bad because we’ve got to make changes. We’ve got to make moves. I want to caution you about getting stuck in the land of okay where you’re don’t necessarily feel the pain, but it’s not great. This is not consistent with where you decided that you want to go. Be careful that we don’t hang out there.

If you want to be great, you must choose it. You’ve got to act like it. It often means you have to make people moves in that direction. As a rule of thumb, try to make one great people move per quarter.

Three key things to wrap this one up: 

  1. Choose great. Be consistent with your vision. Decide it. Act like it.
  2. Challenge your structure, and challenge your people. Are they consistent with what’s going to get the business to that next level?
  3. Make moves in that direction.

Come see us on Take the Visionary and Integrator assessments. See where you’re great. See where you could use some help. We’ve been having some great discussions with other Visionaries & Integrators over on LinkedIn and Facebook.  Regardless of where you are in your process, I encourage you to join the conversation! And finally, read Rocket Fuel. If you’ve already read Rocket Fuel, and you liked it, we’d love to see a review from you on Amazon. We’d really love to hear what you think.

Until next time, Go ROCKET!



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