Jim Collins – Good to Great

Jim Collins – Good to Great

Jim Collins (the author of the bestseller Built to Last) and a team of researchers used strict benchmarks to identify a group of 11 elite companies that made the leap from good to great and sustained that greatness for at least 15 years.

The companies that made the list, and those that did not, provide a vast supply of strategies and ideas that leaders can use within their own organizations to propel them to greatness.

Summary

  • Celebrity executives almost never lead good companies to greatness. Good-to-great leaders embody a paradoxical mix of personal humility and professional will.
  • You can’t achieve great things without great people. Many companies create strategy, then try to rally people around it; good-to-great companies start with great people and build great results from their efforts.
  • Simplicity rules. To go from good to great requires leaders to know what their organizations are passionate about, what drives their economic engine, and at what they can (and cannot) be the best in the world.
  • Enterprise-wide discipline is essential. When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you are more likely to achieve great results.
  • Technology is an accelerator. Good-to-great companies do not jump on technological bandwagons or chase after fads. They determine what technology makes the most sense for them, then pioneer its application.”

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