How can you describe Fanatic Discipline? It might be through the example Jim Collins provides in Good to Great and I offered in one of my newsletters Rinse Cottage Cheese – Advance or Retreat on Discipline.
Strategic Discipline Blog
Take a look at the picture on the right. It’s a slide we share in our Four Decisions, public and private, one and two day Rockefeller Habits Workshops. Infrequently people question these results. They can’t believe these ratios and improvements are possible.
What’s the problem with discipline? Repeatedly in this blog and in the works of Jim Collins in Good to Great, Great by Choice, How the Mighty Fal, Patrick Lencioni’s The Advantage, The Four Disciplines of Execution, and many other best practice and top thought leadership books we hear the principles of discipline continuously cited as critical to reaching success.
Why all this focus on Great by Choice?
The greatest marketer and innovator on the planet returns to his former company, Apple, and what is his first step? In Great by Choice, Jim Collins uses Apple as one of the comparison companies. His research looked at 1972-2002, and Steve Jobs didn’t return to Apple until 1997. But consider Jobs’ first move:
As a Senior E-Myth Consultant for nearly ten years we had a specific process labeled “Special Decision Techniques” that we were able to provide for our clients to help them in decision making. This process noted four factors that make business decisions difficult:
In Leadership Discipline – Emotional Intelligence I promised to provide you with four of the eight traits of transforming companies that Todd Klein “Built to Change” author presented. Instead here’s one of the four – Detachment. Detachment is characterized as: Companies that embrace the value of periodically doing absolutely nothing are more transformative than their constantly action oriented counterparts. It’s what we call proactively inactive: these companies stop, measure, plan, and retool with greater frequency, regularity and purpose.
At Positioning Systems and Gazelles you know by now that we’re big fans of Jim Collins books Good to Great, Built to Last, and How the Mighty Fall. When Collins new book, Great by Choice arrived last week I just had to pick it up. If you receive Verne Harnish’s weekly newsletter you know that he’s reading it as well.