“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline” – Jim Collins
As I was sitting in one of my Vistage meetings, my Chair wrote the quote above on the board – and an epiphany exploded in my head. When I’m working with my EOS teams, I find the CEOs struggling with accountability. The CEOs believe in EOS and want to use the system within their organization, but in some cases they are resisting accountability because they feel they don’t have to answer to anyone since they’re the boss. That particular mindset is detrimental, and a core factor of why the company can’t move forward. The CEO the must be aware of his/her choices, actions, and behavior – and act with discipline so their company can be great. Here are a few ways to make that happen:
Take a clarity break. You will find clarity breaks to be extremely therapeutic. The idea of a clarity break is to discover who’s getting in your way and hindering your company from breaking the revenue ceiling. Oftentimes, you’ll find that you are in fact the root cause of your problem. You have to learn how to get out of your own way.
Develop good habits. Many debate about how long it takes to develop a habit. Some people say 21 days, while others say 30 days. Bottom line is, the amount of time it takes it irrelevant. You need to focus on doing the work and accomplishing tasks. Be disciplined, focused, and ignore the clutter. Just get it done.
Follow through. By the time a CEO contacts us, they’ve already bought into the EOS process. I’ll usually see skepticism among the hired leaders within the company. Usually it’s because they’ve been through countless changes the owner has previously attempted to implement. The owner has a reputation for being a “flavor of the month” leader, because he/she is always introducing new systems into the fold, but not following through with execution.
A company is only as strong as the leader it has at the helm. As the leader of your company, it’s up to you to make a conscious decision to be great and expect your employees to follow your example.