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Right People, Right Seats

By April 6, 2010 No Comments


More inspiration from Seth Godin in one of his recent posts, entitled “Losing Andrew Carnegie”. Read the whole post here. Seth is reinforcing a principle that he, Andrew Carnegie, Jim Collins, and Gino Wickman believe in – your people are your business.

Seth Godin calls them Linchpins. Get Linchpin here on Amazon. Jim Collins reminds us in his book, Good to Great, to “get the right people on the bus and the wrong people off the bus”. Also on Amazon. Gino Wickman, founder of EOS, tells us in his book, Traction: Get A Grip On Your Business, found here on Amazon, that you have to have the right people in the right seats.

By right people, we mean people who share your core values. By right seats, we mean that they are filling a position in your company which they understand, they want and they have the talent to do the work. You can have two problems here. You can have a person who shares your values who somehow is in the wrong job. Or, you can have a talented person who doesn’t share your core values. Both are detrimental to your company and need to be fixed.

Do you agree? Do you have the tools to identify both issues?

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