Eric Jacobson

Read Good To Great

In Company Culture, General Leadership Skills, Leadership Books, Leadership Education, Leadership Skills, Leadership Training, Listening Skills, Making Decisions, Motivating Employees, Setting Goals, Soliciting Feedback on March 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Near the top of virtually every list you’ll see of the best leadership books, you’ll find Good To Great, by Jim Collins.

Published in 2001, it has sold more than 3 million copies, and it’s based on five years of research.

The book addresses the all-important question of: Can a good company become a great company, and if so, how?

During the author’s five years of research, he and a team examined 1,435 U.S., publicly traded companies and their performance over 40 years.

Once completed, Collins focused in on 11 good-to-great companies. 

Good to Great’s lessons are for entrepreneurs running small businesses, CEOs of large businesses, and leaders within businesses at all management levels.

Some of the lessons from the book are:

  • “Leadership is equally about creating a climate where the truth is heard and the brutal facts confronted.”
  • “Leading from good to great does not mean coming up with the answers and then motivating everyone to follow your messianic vision. It means having the humility to grasp the fact that you do not yet understand enough to have the answers and then to ask the questions that will lead to the best possible insights.”
  • “Good-to-great companies use technology as an accelerator of momentum, not a creator of it”.
  • Engage in dialogue and debate.”
  • Good-to-great companies are those who have the ability to get and keep enough of the right people.

Collins taught at Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds degrees in business administration and mathematical sciences from Stanford University.

Good to Great was high on the list of recommended leadership books from members of various groups on the social media web site LinkedIn.

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