One of my favorite quotes is from Jim Collins in the book “Good to Great.” Jim says “Get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats.” I love this statement and have used it over and over in many presentations and discussions.
I am sure this is not original, but this connection came to me: God has a Bus and this theory is exactly what He did. In the Old Testament, God led the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and made a promise to lead them to a land flowing with “milk and honey.” The Bus was leaving Egypt and headed to the Promised Land.
DON'T BE AFRAID TO STOP AND EVALUATE. A trip that should have taken days took forty years! Along the way God realized He had a bunch of crybabies on board that didn’t see the vision for the promise. What did He do? He STOPPED the bus! That’s right. All the people that bought into the vision, were freed from slavery, but then blew the opportunity of a lifetime. All this to say – God had the right people on the bus and they turned into the wrong people, so He stopped and let them off and then got the right people in the right seats.
The lesson here: Don’t be afraid to stop the bus, or rearrange the seating to make your organization better . Take if from Jim or take if from God, having the right people on the bus is key to success.
Wesley Middleton is the managing partner at MRZ LLP, a Houston, Texas-based accounting firm voted Best Place to Work by the Houston Business Journal. Wesley is the author of Violent Leadership (Forbes Books, 2017) and is represented by PumpJack Speakers Bureau. To book Wesley for your event, email Wesley.Middleton@PumpJack.me or click here.