Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Notes from Bob McDonald talk

Bob McDonald p&g
1 Living a life driven by purpose is more meaningful and rewarding than meandering through life without direction.

2 everyone wants to succeed , and success is contagious.

Leadership is time inefficient.
We're all time starved.
We work on what's going wrong rather than what they are doing right.

People buy shirts of winning teams.

3 putting people in the right jobs is one of the most important jobs of the leader.

How do you know if someone likes their job? Ask them

4 character is the most important trait of a leader.

Put the needs of the organization above your own. Take responsibility for organization results.

As leader in Army, got food after his troops.

4 choose the harder right than the easier wrong.

5 diverse groups of people are more innovative than homogeneous groups.

Change almost always comes as a surprise because things don't happen in straight lines. Connections are made by accident.

Things almost never turn out as expected.

Connect disparate nodes.

6 ineffective strategies , systems, and culture are bigger barriers to achievement than the talents of people.

Did total quality research w Dr. Deming.

Try to get all red beans. There were some white beans.

He yelled at me.

After, the holes were drilled differently. And it was impossible to get all red beans.

Purpose. Values. Principle.

7 after giving people the benefit of the doubt. There will be some people in the organization who will not make the journey with you.

Treat them well.

8 organizations must renew themselves.

Read the fifth discipline.

Boiled frogs. If put frog in ambient temp water, and raise temp, they will die. If put in hot water they jump out.

Showed stats 1980 vs today
10 billion vs 79 billion sales
Employees 61 k vs 135 k

We are a global.company.

Ability to continue learning.

Use children as reverse mentors.

9 recruiting is a top priority.

We only promote from within.

10 true test of a leader is the performance of the organization when he or she is absent or after he or she departs.

Build a clock or tell time.
Shall managers on last three years performance.

If you leave home, what will your mchildren do.

Touch and improve lives now and for generations to come.

List pegs to which you belong.
List beliefs.
Connect them.

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