GOOD TO GRT & SOCIAL SECTOR PB (Good to Great) ペーパーバック – 2005/11/30
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Building upon the concepts introduced in Good to Great, Jim Collins answers the most commonly asked questions raised by his readers in the social sectors. Using information gathered from interviews with over 100 social sector leaders, Jim Collins shows that his "Level 5 Leader" and other good-to-great principles can help social sector organizations make the leap to greatness.
Jim Collins is a student and teacher of what makes great companies tick, and a Socratic advisor to leaders in the business and social sectors. Having invested more than a quarter-century in rigorous research, he has authored or coauthored six books that have sold in total more than 10 million copies worldwide. They include Good to Great, Built to Last, How the Mighty Fall, and Great by Choice.
Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado.
In addition to his work in the business sector, Jim has a passion for learning and teaching in the social sectors, including education, healthcare, government, faith-based organizations, social ventures, and cause-driven nonprofits.
In 2012 and 2013, he had the honor to serve a two-year appointment as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point. In 2017, Forbes selected Jim as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds.
Jim has been an avid rock climber for more than forty years and has completed single-day ascents of El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite Valley.
Learn more about Jim and his concepts at his website, where you’ll find articles, videos, and useful tools. jimcollins.com
Jim Collin’s writing is at once entertaining and clear. Even a junior high schooler could pick up his this piece and follow his logical and fluid wiring. His natural language and purposeful strut drew me in from the first page. Even though this was an accompanying monologue to Good to Great, he quickly ‘caught me up’ to the concepts presented in the book, relating them directly to the plight of the social sector. I was stunned by the clear comparisons in thinking that he drew between successful social sector institutions and businesses. In five very clear sections, Collins addresses separate issues that social sector leaders must address to form a successful social sector institution. They are as follows:
1. “Defining “Great,”—Calibrating Success Without Business Metrics,”
2. “Level 5 Leadership—Getting Things Done within a Diffuse Power Structure”
3. “First Who—Getting The Right People On The Bus, Within Social Sector Constraints.”
4. “The Hedgehog Concept—Rethinking the Economic Engine without a Profit Motive”
5. “Turning the Flywheel—Building Momentum by Building the Brand”
Each section’s issue addresses very important questions. For the social sectors, the first answers how greatness can be defined and pursued, the second helps show what extremely adept and effective leaders look like, the third helps show how to hire the right people, the fourth focuses on both on sustaining longevity and consistency, and the fifth talks about how to build momentum and create a bigger impact within the communities touched by a ‘social sector.’ In each issue, Collins uses real-world examples of great leaders and the decisions they made to steer their organizations towards greatness. From Tom Morris of the Cleveland Orchestra to William Bratton of the NYPD, a variety of examples edify Collins’ concepts. Combined with graphs and empirical data, his narrative walks the reader through the various hurtles faced by social sectors and businesses alike, and shows how a social sector responds to prevail and achieve greatness, from day one. Readers of this book will learn how to lead (and when not to,) how to measure success, how to recruit, how to find corporate purpose, how to rethink resources, and how to overcome crises.
I think that calling this book ‘a manual solely for social sector leaders’ would not do its utility or its masterful breadth of coverage justice, even for its 31 page length. Collins eloquently nails ideas usually learned over years of trial-and-error. The monograph is testament to the genius of Collins and Good to Great, and the practical wisdom provided inside is more than worth its time. Jim Collins has provided the missing link for many who seek to venture into nonprofit careers or business. I would recommend this book to students and professionals alike, for the skills presented in this monologue. This book, in short, teaches you how to lead a team of people towards making an impact in a way that ethically utilizes resources and personnel, and sustain performance towards a state of accomplishment aforementioned as ‘great.’ I would highly recommend this book to you if you plan to run or organize a nonprofit.
Mr. Collins, has some great ideas and his compiling of his books are really well articulated, but he leaves lots to be desired in the areas of characteristics of sound judgement on leadership capabilities, ethics, holding one's self and his followers responsible as well as accountable for their actions and behavior.
"All data is flawed," writes Collins. "It doesn't really matter whether you can quantify your results. What matters is that you rigorously assemble evidence--quantitative or qualitative--to track your progress."
Leverage this booklet to help your team understand the difference between greatness and "business-like." After you read it, ask your nonprofit board and senior team to address these questions:
1. Where are we on a scale of "mediocre" to "great?"
2. How rigorously do we assemble evidence to document our results?
3. What assignment should we make today as a result of this discussion?
I urge my nonprofit clients to always appoint one semi-cynic in every meeting (board meeting or staff meeting) who will frequently (but graciously) shout out, "How do we know that? What research have we done to affirm that assumption about our...people/donors/volunteers/clients/customers, etc." Try it!
This book was required reading for a class I am taking to be certified in Correction Ministries. Anyone working with any type of non-profit should check it out!
The missing piece from Good to Great is how to make the original work for organizations that don't have the bottom line as the driving factor. Nonprofits still need to have "the right people on the bus," "Level 5 Leadership," and need to have a "hedgehog," but Collins didn't tell us how these applied to the non-business sector.
This problem is addressed in this small add-on -- Good to Great and the Social Sectors, a small read that makes it clear on how nonprofits can still apply Good to Great values to their own organizations with mission -- not profit -- in mind. This work doesn't stand on its own, however; one must read the original book to understand the principles in-depth so they'll make sense when the reader comes upon them in Good to Great and the Social Sectors.
As one of the best business and leadership books of the past decade, From Good to Great is a must-read for any for-profit or nonprofit executive, but the latter would be more easily guided in how those principles will work for them in this very reasonably priced followup.