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Good to Great

Good To Great is a book for people looking for success – to take that step towards greatness. Despite it mainly be aimed at companies, I feel as an individual there is plenty you can take from it. For that reason, I have included the eight key points to take away from the book – enjoy!

1. Great leaders have humility and professional resolve
They are not focused on self rewards, instead they are driven to see their company be successful as they want to put their company first.

2. Hire/work with the right people
Companies are only as good as their employees. To be successful, you must identify and work with the best people available. The right people are your biggest asset, so pick the right recruitment company to work with.

3. Must find brutal facts and difficulty realties in order to overcome them
When doing this, you must believe you can overcome this and it will make you better because of it. The biggest recommendation to achieve this is, don’t work with ‘Yes’ people and be transparent, honest and direct in your actions/communication.

4. Find what you’re best at and stick to it
Companies and individuals often stick with what they’re known for or what they have been doing for years but this may not be the best decision going forwards. Instead, they must find what their core competency is and ensure they stick to it.

5. Be self-disciplined
The right people are self motivated and focused on the company’s and their goals. This means there won’t be a need for discipline or incentives which may cause distraction or resources that can be used elsewhere.

6. Use technology to accelerate your goals
Technology should be used to accelerate and build on the individuals or company’s success. Positive financial results are often dependent on the success and efficiency of the technology that is acquired and used.

7. Be persistent, patient and consistent
Going from good to great doesn’t happen over night. Instead, it requires patient effort in order to achieve it over time.

8. All the principles are timeless
Economies are always changing and moving. There is always another challenge. However, the principles that ‘Good to Great’ provide are timeless as laws, regulations and people change – you can still use the principles provided to reach a level of greatness.

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What do millennials want #3

Millennials want to see a pathway within the organisation they work in or have been offered by. They expect a rapid progression in a varied and interesting career – the latest figures suggest a graduate in this generation will likely change their job 8-10 times in their life.

Millennials have ambition, a desire to keep learning and see the job as a development opportunity. Millennials value development more than other generations do which is a key difference. Gallup’s, How Millennials Want to Work and Live, reveals that 59% of millennials say opportunities to learn and grow are extremely important to them when applying for a job.

My recommendation to develop the millennials within your organisation is to show them a potential pathway if they can achieve the goals you have set them – this will drive focus, productivity and profit. The second recommendation is to build a two-way mentorship programme between a senior member of staff and a millennial to ensure that development is ongoing for every individual within the organisation.

Millennials are inpatient and don’t want to wait – it’s simple either develop your young people or they will leave to develop.