Those who adorn rose-colored glasses are destined to live a life below their fullest possibility. Why? Because the ability to see things as they really are and face the brutal facts is necessary to make a good decision. And yet one good decision is never enough to achieve the success that you so desire. People and organizations become successful by not making just one good decision but by making a series of good decisions. This succession of good decisions builds upon each other, accelerating you on your success journey. Even if you do not always make good decisions, bad decisions will not be detrimental, as long as you truly accept and understand the brutal facts. How do you get the brutal facts? Surround yourself with honest people. And create an environment where those people respect you and know that you desire their brutal honesty.
If you have employees that need an incentive plan to work, then you probably have the wrong employees. The best organizations understand this basic concept. In Good to Great, Collins conceptualizes this concept as getting the right people on the bus in the right seats and getting the wrong people off the bus. The importance of this process is greater than the direction of the bus. The right people will help decide the direction that your organization needs to go. And they will do this naturally. The right people will take your bus to awesome places. But the wrong people will not, regardless of the incentive system. The compensation of your organization should serve to attract and retain the right people for your organization. Once the right people are hired, incentive is unnecessary. The right people will do their best, simply because they are not capable of doing anything less.
In The Energy Bus, Gordon discusses how powerful your heart really is. According to his book, your heart’s electromagnetic field is much more powerful than your brain’s. In fact, your heart’s electromagnetic field can be detected up to 10 feet away. So, positive energy truly radiates from within. It is how others can tell if you are being real or fake. They can feel it. So how do you open your heart? By being true to yourself and to others. In our journey, we all reach obstacles. These obstacles present an opportunity to grow or to stop growing. By choosing to overcome the obstacles in our path, our hearts grow. We become truer to ourselves. And we grow to become the people we were created to be. We have confidence. We have a natural energy. And through our example, we inspire others to become better.