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Good To Great Is Still Great

In Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Jim Collins, Leadership, Leadership Books on August 20, 2016 at 10:53 am

If you haven’t read, Good To Greatby Jim Collins, do so.

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

The book, five years in the making, and published in 2001, addresses the all-important question of: Can a good company become a great company, and if so, how?

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.

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

The five years of research that Collins and a team conducted to prep for the book consisted of examining 1,435 U.S., publicly traded companies and their performance over 40 years. The book focuses on 11 good-to-great companies.

How To Be A Great Company

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Inc. Magazine, Jim Collins on December 16, 2014 at 2:17 am

Two years ago, Inc. magazine’s June issue featured a compelling article about author and leadership expert Jim Collins, who has studied leadership for 25 years and penned four best-selling books.

I like to periodically remind myself of that all-important article.

Two of the most powerful takeaways from the article for me are Collin’s definition of a great company:

“To be great, a company has to make a distinctive impact. I define that by a test:  If your company disappeared, would it leave a gaping hole that could not easily be filled by another enterprise on the planet? Now, that doesn’t mean the company has to be big…just that if it went away, people would feel a gaping hole, and no one could easily come in and fill it.”

The second takeaway is the list of 12 questions that Collins says leaders much grapple with if they truly want to excel.  Three of those 12 are these, the first two I tend to think don’t get asked often enough:

  • How can we increase our return on luck?
  • What could kill us, and how can we protect our flanks?
  • Do we have the right people on the bus and in the key seats.

Are You A Level 5 Leader?

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Jim Collins, Leadership Books, Leadership Skills, Level 5 Leadership on December 14, 2014 at 11:31 am

Author and leadership expert Jim Collins defines Level 5 leaders as those who:

  • Pursue goals with the ferocity of lions while displaying the humility of lambs.

According to Collins, who has studied leadership for 25 years, this level of leader is a rare breed. This is a leader who:

  • bestows credit generously
  • shoulders blame responsibility
  • puts organization before self

How To Be A Level 5 Leader

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Jim Collins, Leadership, Leadership Training, Leadership Traits on September 24, 2014 at 5:53 am

Author and leadership expert Jim Collins defines Level 5 leaders as those who:

  • Pursue goals with the ferocity of lions while displaying the humility of lambs.

According to Collins, who has studied leadership for 25 years, this level of leader is a rare breed. This is a leader who:

  • bestows credit generously
  • shoulders blame responsibility
  • puts organization before self

Are You A Level 5 Leader?

In Jim Collins, Leadership, Leadership Books, Level 5 Leadership on April 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Author and leadership expert Jim Collins defines Level 5 leaders as those who:

  • Pursue goals with the ferocity of lions while displaying the humility of lambs.

According to Collins, who has studied leadership for 25 years, this level of leader is a rare breed. This is a leader who:

  • bestows credit generously
  • shoulders blame responsibility
  • puts organization before self

How To Be A Level 5 Leader

In Eric Jacobson Leadership, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Jim Collins, Level 5 Leadership on December 22, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Author and leadership expert Jim Collins defines Level 5 leaders as those who:

  • Pursue goals with the ferocity of lions while displaying the humility of lambs.

According to Collins, who has studied leadership for 25 years, this level of leader is a rare breed. This is a leader who:

  • bestows credit generously
  • shoulders blame responsibility
  • puts organization before self
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