Move Your Bus | Ron Clark

Summary of: Move Your Bus: An Extraordinary New Approach to Accelerating Success in Work and Life
By: Ron Clark


When it comes to navigating success in both work and life, Ron Clark’s book ‘Move Your Bus: An Extraordinary New Approach to Accelerating Success in Work and Life’ provides invaluable insights on fostering collaboration and maximizing potential. Using a clever analogy from the Flintstones cartoon, Clark introduces the roles of Driver, Runners, Joggers, Walkers, and Riders, examining how each plays a part in an organization and its progress towards success. By understanding, motivating, and challenging each team member, Clark demonstrates how companies and individuals can overcome obstacles and reach their highest potential.

High Expectations and Accountability

As a business owner, it’s crucial to set high expectations for yourself and your team members. However, these expectations won’t amount to much unless they are accompanied by accountability. Clearly communicate what is expected, and if it’s not met, provide clarity and keep communication open. The Ron Clark Academy offers an excellent example of motivating teachers to set high expectations for classroom performance. Remember that each team member plays a crucial role, and success can only be achieved by working together. By implementing these simple tools, you can improve yourself, motivate your team, and help your company thrive.

The Bus Metaphor of Organizations

In an organization, the individuals have different roles just like people in a Flintstones bus. The Driver, i.e. the manager, should prioritize the top performers or the Runners as they have a strong work ethic, contribute many new ideas and are the backbone of the organization. The Joggers do a good job but lack confidence, while Walkers perform slowly, resist change and spread negativity. The Riders are essentially dead weight and only perform when someone is watching. Turning them into motivated workers is tough. The key takeaway is to identify the Runners and provide them with direction and support, while helping the Joggers with recognition, and encouraging the Walkers to transform into higher-performing individuals.

Becoming a Runner

Improve your organization by adopting the habits and behaviors of a Runner. Dress well, communicate positively, complete tasks, ask for help, and be open to criticism to improve.

If you’re looking to improve your organization, adopting the habits and behaviors of a Runner might be a good starting point. It begins with simple tasks like showing up early, dedicating time to your work, and dressing well. Looking the part of a committed professional can communicate your engagement and commitment to your job, and those around you.

One of the most important traits of a Runner is a positive mindset. Avoiding negative conversations and keeping them focused on growth and development can produce positive results and empower those around you. Completing tasks and not only meeting but exceeding expectations, can show others that they can trust you.

To speed up progress, learning from high achievers is important. Ask for help and feedback from those who are experienced can help you move forward in the future. But don’t be afraid to hear criticism, even if it might be difficult to swallow. Being open to feedback can challenge you to see things from other’s perspectives and make meaningful changes.

If becoming a Runner seems like a daunting task, don’t be discouraged. Still, adopting some of these habits and traits can make a positive difference in your organization and help you stand out as a committed and reliable professional.

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