first_img Comments are closed. The HR director is second only to the chief executive in terms of importancewithin the business, according to Jim Collins, keynote speaker at the CharteredInstitute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) conference. Collins, co-author of the renowned book Built to Last, believes HR has amajor responsibility to create pockets of greatness and, in a flawless present-ation, he explained how. For 75 minutes, delegates were treated to Collins’ passion for detailedresearch into what makes organisations grow and attain superior performance.His focus is all about moving from just being good to becoming great, bygetting and retaining enough of the right people. “Good-to-great leaders begin by getting the right people on the bus,the wrong people off the bus and the right people in the right seats – and thenwork out where to drive it,” he said. “Who is in the business comesfirst, and then the strategy, not the other way around.” Collins claimed that while high-profile leaders with big personalities makeheadlines, great leaders are very different. They are self-effacing, reserved,and have a blend of personal humility and professional will. These leaders havetremendous ambition for the cause, the company and the work – not forthemselves. By Jane KingTips for creating great companies:– Greatness is a cumulative process – not a single event.– Transformation happens with disciplined people, disciplinedthought and disciplined actions– Those who build greatness put people before strategy– Look for leaders who leave an impressive legacy when theymove on – is the company still doing well after they have departed?– Charismatic leaders can be a liability– Be radical about changes in practices, structures, goals andstrategies– Preserve core values and purpose – Give people freedom and responsibilities within a sharedframework     Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article People before strategy is key to greatnessOn 28 Oct 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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