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  • Writer's pictureJason R. Weber

Relationships and Success

Reflecting on Jim Collins' insights in "Good to Great and the Social Sectors," I couldn't help but connect with his thoughts on supporting others in various life stages. It made me think:

What if those people who put you down are simply trying to protect their ceiling? What if we need to figure out how to move around them instead of allowing ourselves to become limited by them.

Looking back on my professional journey, I've encountered both ups and downs, often accompanied by doubters questioning my abilities and maturity. While there might be some truth in their words, I'm still figuring out how those remarks influenced my motivation and achievements.

On page 5, Collins introduces us to Tom Morris, Executive Director of the Cleveland Orchestra. Tom Morris's question about defining "great results" and the evolving nature of personal success got me thinking. Success means different things as we grow, right? It's like asking, what does success really look like for each of us?

Bringing in the concept of servant leadership, as described by Robert Greenleaf, adds another layer. The idea that serving others contributes to personal and societal growth resonates, especially when considering the least privileged in society.

Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And what happens to the least privileged in society? Do they benefit or at least not become further deprived? Robert Greenleaf

Collins' suggestion to measure success in the social sector based on mission rather than financial returns struck a chord. It made me wonder – what if we approached our personal relationships in a similar way? Investing time in understanding people's values and characters for collective growth sounds pretty impactful, doesn't it?

Thinking about the interplay between servant and leader roles in society, I see parallels between Greenleaf's concept and what Collins is getting at. It makes me reconsider how we interact with others and the potential positive outcomes of mutual support.

Collins' idea that greatness is a continuous process, not a fixed endpoint, makes sense. It's like saying there's always room for improvement. He encourages further exploration, hinting that clarity will come eventually. Meanwhile, Collins thoughts on the social sector have influenced my perspective on interpersonal interactions positively – I strongly believe that supporting each other can lead to good things in life.

As these reflections unfold, the journey of understanding and fostering supportive interactions seems promising for personal and collective betterment.

To learn more, visit Jim Collins website.

Until next time... Take care!


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