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- Big Idea #1: If you want to build a successful organization, you must cultivate high expectations.
- Big Idea #2: Different workers perform at different levels; learn how to navigate those differences in your organization.
- Big Idea #3: Become a Runner by showing up early, dressing well, completing tasks and learning from others.
- Big Idea #4: To become a Runner, know your role and put your organization’s needs first.
- Big Idea #5: Drivers and Runners must work together to create a productive team environment.
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Big Idea #1: High expectations are good, as long as it’s possible to fulfill them.
The bus metaphor is what Ron came up with to teach organizations how they can make progress and what working together looks like.
The Flintstones is a popular cartoon show that’s been superseded only by The Simpsons. It’s set in the stone age, so cars and buses work through footwork—i.e., if all passengers run, the bus will move forward. Organizations work the same way: everyone has a role to play, some bigger than others, but only when everyone works together can you really get anywhere.
Even in elementary school classrooms, Ron believed that setting high expectations was a big part of success. If people don’t have high expectations for themselves and others, they won’t even try to do well. However, if you set the bar too low, you’re not giving them an opportunity to succeed. Therefore, it’s important to clearly communicate what is expected of them and hold them accountable so that they can meet those standards.
When companies try to make their employees work in a manner that is more efficient, managers should ask for specific outputs and encourage workers to do the same. For example, if a manager asks an employee to write up two pages of last month’s sales performance within two days, it is clearly defined what needs to be done.
Big Idea #2: Always remember that people are different and some perform better than others. Work with each person individually to help them improve their performance.
It’s important to have high expectations, but you need to know what your employees are capable of. For example, a junior sales manager may not be able to handle the same workload as a head of sales. You should evaluate their performance in light of their capabilities and work with them accordingly. As an analogy, think about how a bus works: it has multiple parts that all need to run smoothly for it to move forward; otherwise, the bus will break down or crash. In business, there is also teamwork involved which makes things more complex than just one person doing everything by themselves.
- Some people like change and are very motivated, while others don’t enjoy it as much. These different groups have varying levels of motivation to work hard and perform well. Some people will be more motivated than others, so you’ll need to figure out how to deal with each group differently. For example, some might become less productive over time if they’re not challenged enough or given the proper resources for success; other people might get lazy because there’s no one pushing them forward in their careers (i.e., riders).
Big Idea #3: In order to succeed in a meritocracy, you need to be patient and not feel entitled.
You might be a runner or you might be a walker who wants to become one. However, maybe you’re already a driver. I don’t know which group you belong to but it’s important that no matter what group you’re part of, let go of your sense of entitlement and always remember this lesson:
Because we are used to a consumerist environment, we often feel entitled to things. We don’t deserve them because someone else worked harder for it. However, that’s not how meritocracy works; you can’t get what you want just because you want it. You have to work hard and earn your achievements yourself.
While you are working on reaching your goals, let others who have not reached theirs get their rewards. Applaud them for the effort they put in and work towards getting to that level yourself. Only having zero expectations and infinite patience will lead to immediate results.
Regardless of the size of a group, there will always be those who are not pulling their weight. The author makes this point by using an analogy about buses and riders. He also shows that it is up to us to get people moving in the right direction. This book can help both employers and employees understand each other better by learning from each other’s experiences.
You can learn the secrets to great public speaking by figuring out what factors make a TED talk successful. You also need interviews with speakers and an analysis of hundreds of presentations, as well as my own personal insights gained from coaching business leaders.
The author, who has some experience with TED presentations, believes that ideas are the currency of today’s world. Some people are better at presenting their ideas than others and have a higher influence and success in society because of it. The author is going to dissect the most popular TED presenters and figure out why they’re so good at communicating their ideas.
What else can you learn from these blinks? * You’ll learn how to handle different groups of people if you’re a driver, such as bikers and pedestrians. * Runners do three things that don’t cost anything but can make them better runners.
- This article will explain how to behave as a jogger on the way to becoming a runner. It also discusses efficient collaboration between drivers and other groups.
I recommend this summary to people who are looking for a quick read and who want to learn about the most inspirational business leaders.
The 25-year-old accountant has been at her job for five years and feels like she’s not moving up. The 39-year old team leader has trouble getting everyone on the same page, and anyone who recently complained that someone else got a reward they thought they deserved can benefit from this book.
Ideas are the currency of the twenty first century. Some people are exceptionally good at presenting their ideas. Their skill elevates their stature and influence in today’s society.
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