Monday, September 25, 2017
What the Good to Great Study Can Tell Us
What this 5-year 15,000-man hour “Good to Great” study reveals is interesting. Our view of what greatness is and what it will take to achieve it can vary. What is not left to interpretation or perception are the hard results. Jim Collins and his team looked at 11 of the highest performing companies based on 15-year cumulative stock returns and other relevant data. A company had to demonstrate the ability to succeed despite the market swings that occurred over the last 30 years. They complied extensive financial analysis and let the data rank the companies. No preconceived selection, strictly by results. Compared to their competitors in their industry, how did they fare?
Some of the Findings of the Study
- Most good promotions that were effective came from within the organization
- Pay structure for senior management as a motivator for excellence, was not supported
- Strategy per se did not give a decided advantage
- Great companies did not focus on what to do, but on what they could stop doing to clear the way for excellence. To change choices that were barriers to greatness
- Technology can accelerate a transformation, but technology cannot cause a transformation
- Mergers and acquisitions did not create excellence, two good companies make one bigger good company
- Rather than constantly pump up their staff, great companies create the conditions for greatness to be achieved
- It is not the PR campaign that creates change; the transformation can happen without fanfare
- Greatness in not a function of circumstance. Greatness as it turns out, is largely a matter of conscience choice, the will to be great
Read more…Good Great Summary
“Everyone would like to be the best, but most organizations lack the discipline to figure out with egoless clarity what they can be the best at and the will to do whatever it takes to turn potential into reality. They lack self-discipline.” Jim Collins
Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Smart Coaching Features Recovery Status
Find the perfect balance between training and rest and get a true picture of your recovery status before train again. Recovery status is based on the cumulative load of all your activities including your training sessions and data on the small activities you do every day. Continuous monitoring of recovery status helps you plan your training so you can avoid over and under training.
Nutrition Tip: Good Stuff Happens When You Eat Good Food
Two basic concepts:
- How your body turns a wide variety of food into fuel for the engines of your body.
- How your body uses nutrients as catalysts, signalers or building blocks for all the processes required for your body to work.
Most food comes in three basic categories: carbohydrates, fats and protein. Most foods are a mix of all three, they have calories (energy) to provide the fuel you need every day. The mix of these nutrients will determine how well your body operates, better food means better energy and healthier processes. Eat poor food and you get poor energy in return. Wondering why you are tired a lot? It could be the food choices you are making each day.
Read More…A Long List of Good to Eat
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” Vince Lombardi
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