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Let’s ask ‘who’ questions

Thursday, February 4, 2021

“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice.” – Jim Collins

At the risk of this message becoming a summary of what books I am reading, something caught my attention recently in Jim Collins’ new book “BE 2.0.” Collins purposefully starts his re-envisioned classic “Beyond Entrepreneurship” with a chapter focused on the importance of people in growing a business. He challenges readers to look for ‘who luck’ rather than ‘what luck’ and I immediately thought of our community. Collins points out that we typically ask ‘what’ questions, but our opportunities are better reframed with ‘who’ questions such as who has been important on our journeys, who we can help, and who we want to work alongside in our business ventures. Think of the “Good to Great” adage about getting the right people on the bus, then in the right seats on the bus.

I have said before, we have the right people and the right opportunities all around us in Kosciusko County. Let’s focus this year on asking ‘who’ questions.

– Alan Tio