Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. is the former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). On August 17, 2009 he was sworn in as director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Collins led the successful effort to complete Human Genome Project (HGP), a complex multidisciplinary scientific enterprise directed at mapping and sequencing all of the human DNA, and determining aspects of its function. A working draft of the human genome sequence was announced in June of 2000, an initial analysis was published in February of 2001, and a high-quality, reference sequence was completed in April 2003.

Let me put this in east Tennessee language.  He broke the DNA code.  This one discovery has been the most significant discovery in the history of medicine and has saved millions of lives.  Until 2003 the DNA code of humans was considered a mystery.  Dr. Collins and his team broke the code to provide understanding and insight into the complex human body.  Billions of dollars have been invested to understand the human body.

Billions of dollars have also been invested in understanding the workplace.  Trial and error would be the path most frequently taken just like in medicine.  Numerous remedies were implemented through trial and error to solve the complex issues of work.

Not nearly as complex as medicine.  The DNA of the workplace is just now being mapped and understood.  The team of leaders who have independently contributed to this understanding over the past ten years have given us a glimpse into the DNA of the workplace.  As a life long learner, I have read and combined their thoughts to develop a simple clear formula to break the DNA of any organization.

I want to give these men their rightful recognition.  I am listing them in no order of importance for you to examine their contributions.

Ken Blanchard, Jim Collins, Mark Miller, Matthew Kelly, Johns Maxwell, Patric Lencioni, Jeremie Kubicek, Henry Cloud and Gary Smalley.

In my next post I will map out the workplace DNA and the formula you can use to break the DNA in your workplace.