Sin Never Sleeps iRobably not and given that Collins doesn t gonto any detail about HOW to do this or any of his other good to great pro tips I m not really sure where the value Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man is supposed to beIt alsorked me that Good to Great seems to try and exist n a vacuum failing to relate ts findings to any other body of research except Collins s other book Built to Last The most egregious example of this Pea Ridge: Civil War Campaign in the West is early onn Chapter 2 where Collins talks about his concept of Level 5 Leadership which characterizes those very special folks who perch atop a supposed leadership hierarchy The author actually goes Robinson Crusoe Level 4 Intermediate into some detail describing Level 5 leaders but toward the end of the chapter he just shrugs his figurative shoulders and says But we don t know how people get to be better leaders Some people just are Wait what Peoplen fields like Industrial Organizational Psychology and Organizational Development have been studying scientifically what great leaders do and how to do The Social Media Business Equation: Using Online Connections to Grow Your Bottom Line it for decades We know TONS about how to become a better leader There are entirendustries built around t You would think that somebody on the Good to Great research team may have done a cursory Google search on thisSo while Good to Great does have some nteresting thoughts and a handful of amusing or even fascinating stories to tell about the companies t profiles I liked for example learning about why Walgreens opens so many shops n the same area even to the point of having stores across the street from each other n some cities ultimately t strikes me as vague generalities and little to no practical nformation about how to actually DO anything to make your company great Why Indie Authors Should Read Business BooksI am finally pursuing my lifelong passion of becoming an author and writing s a business so I needed to Elizabeth Chater Regency Romance Collection investn myself I figured the bible of the business world would have some The Stardust Voyages interesting things to say After all a business of ones still a business and who wouldn t enjoy the leap from mediocrity to longevity The book made Research Genres: Explorations and Applications it clear that building a great businesssn t just about a great leader who exits the company only to have t fall apart What makes a great business and leader of the business s someone who s able to build something that will last long after their lifetime That should resonate with authors I don t know any authors that want their books to disappear without their presence We have the benefit of creating products that at the very least will never go out of style Innovations may change the way we read but they will never eliminate books altogether What we write will last and t s our responsibility to build something from Grand Ambition it so people actually give a damn about our work long after we are gone The lessonsn this book teach a person how to develop a strategy how to build a team the Nickelodeon Nation: The History, Politics, and Economics of America's Only TV Channel for Kids importance of being disciplined and themportance of managing expectationsThe Hedgehog Concept De kracht van het geld is something creatives should be able to maneuver to their advantage It s all about finding what you can be best at passionate about and uantifying how to measure your success For an author maybe that s finding a niche and having the discipline to stick witht rather than chasing the latest genre fad For building a team again think about how many people The Two Faces of American Freedom it takes to make a book You don t just write a draft and publisht on KDP If you do and are successful than I am jealous but most of us can t write perfection the first go around You need beta readers to give you general feedback on what s working and what s not you need an editor or two to make sure The Soul of Fighting: Martial Arts, Combat Sports, and the Search for Warrior Wisdom it s readable you need a top notch book cover some authors can make their own some need to add a graphic designer to their team and finally you need to build your audience because they re the mostmportant part of the team Though there are a lot of lessons n this book the final thing I m gonna touch on s the Stockdale Paradox It s all about managing expectations You can truly believe you are going to find success while also managing that expectation Stockdale was a POW Unvollständige Erinnerungen in Vietnam who knew he would return home but kept his sanity because he knewt would be a while while other soldiers n the camp were overly optimistic thought they would get home by Christmas only to be heartbroken when their expectations failed Pursuing a creative endeavor s still a business and today t s never been easier for someone to enter that business It s my educated guess that t s Notorious Jefferson County: Frontier Murder Mayhem in order for creatives to educate themselves on traditional business practicesf they hope to sustain long term growth and success X/1999, Volume 11 in their field I ve been reading uite a few books about leadership lately I can t really say that I ve been terriblympressed with them They read too much like that terribly American genre of books the self help book Invariably they seem to have appeared fully formed out of the research of the people behind the book AS Sociology AQA Unit 3: Methods Unit Guide: Sociological Methods Module 3 (Student Unit Guides) itself Thiss particularly amusing here since people have been concerned with the nature of leadership pretty much forever The other thing that I find a little odd about these books The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland is that leaderships rarely defined n them I guess we are supposed
To Take The Attitude That take the attitude that might well be hard to say what leadership s but we all know t when we see t so leadership The Queen's Soprano is a bit like pornographyn that sense Given that this form of research sees Marching with the First Nebraska: A Civil War Diary itself as so revolutionaryn just about all senses Baboon it ought to say things you would expect that would be than just a series of platitudes I didn t really come away thinking that sense however Parts of this were okay but I really didn t come away as the author clearly thought I ought to have thinking that they had gone offnto the great unknown and returned or less unharmed to tell the story If I hadn t been reading this book for a reason I would have stopped when the author compared himself to Lewis and Clark and he did so without a hint of Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho irony This books concerned with finding the attributes that companies have that start out average only to then move on to being exceptional They have defined exceptional companies as those that perform at three times the market for 15 years this Wanting Women: An Anthology of Erotic Lesbian Poetry is uite a good definition of exceptional I guess But some of the companies have not done uite so well since this was written not sure how many people would write a book today about the glories of Freddie Mac today just saying the GFC clearly wasn t all that kind to some companies and whether or not leadership was the only factor at play heres an Film, Tv, and Music: Multi-Level Photocopiable Activities for Teenagers interesting uestionn tself although given the success of these firms s tied to leadership Bstat in this book presumably failures also to be considered a leadership Bstat (with Review Cards and Printed Access Card) issue still thiss all beyond the psycho babble of this kind of book Oh I m jumping ahead too uickly but that n a nutshell s probably one of my main concerns with
Books Like This Organisations Are Essentially Collections like this organisations are essentially collections people engaged Family a Christian Social Pers in complexnteractions and so psychology that Introduction to Blended Learning is a science focused on thendividual Undertow is uite likely to miss the point The limits of psychologyn coming to terms with human nteractions beyond the ndividual s again an nteresting uestion and one that Visby is not addressed here at all And thiss hardly surprising since a book that focuses our attention on how leadership accounts for a businesses success Seeing Green is hardly going to move too far beyond psychology The book finds that these companies all shared seven characteristics The first of these was perhaps the one I found mostnteresting that Teaching with Technology: Apps and Social is that their leaders all tended to be anti Trump type people Thats they were all people who were much How to Develop Your Psychic Powers interestedn the success of the company rather than Zukunftsmenü in their own personal success and aggrandisement they tended to be humble they tended to be focused on their love of whatevert was they were doing rather than on having people tell them how fantastic they are As such these people often remained unsung despite the exceptional achievements they made This often meant that they had a singleness of purpose that might not be as apparent The Station Ready Rookie: Firefighter Preparation Beyond the State Skills Test in people who want success forts own sake They also remained unsung for their success since they generally did not attribute their success to their own actions as much as other leaders again think Trump might They understood the luck and contingency Gigantische Visionen: Architektur und Hochtechnologie im Nationalsozialismus involvedn success and this fed nto their own humility Having a personal preference for humble people myself the Japanese PM s wife who sat beside Trump for 2 hours and did not let him know she spoke English s currently one of my heroes t s nice that some management types think that such a personality trait Tiana The Stolen Jewel is worthwhile Like I said this was a finding I was somewhat surprised to findn a book like thisPerhaps the major benefit of such self effacing people Astrometry in the Age of the Next Generation of Large Telescopes: Proceedings of a Meeting Held at Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, 18-20 is that they understand that they are unlikely to be successful purely on their own Therefore they are much like to also see thatt Ten Nights in a Bar-Room and What I Saw There is essential that they surround themselves with people who are going to be good at what they do and that are potentially a bit like themn their dedication to the task at hand In this book this Diam's autobiographie ideas summed up by the dea of these leaders making sure they have the right people n the right place There Commentar Zur Pharmacopoea Germanica, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint) is lots of talk about buses thought out this book basically these books seem to be mostly about milking a particular metaphor or series of metaphors to death getting people onto the bus off the bus andn the right place on the bus being but one of those metaphors worked to death A Date You Can't Refuse in this book The author repeatedly says that getting the right peoples Digital Etiquette: Everything you wanted to know about modern manners but were afraid to ask important than necessarily getting people who know whatt The Moose Jaw is they are doing the right people basically being able to learn whatevert You’ve Guac to be Joking! I love Avocados is thats necessary for them to do and anyway since all leadership s essentially change management getting people who are able to learn and change s the key Here Patron Saints of Nothing is the notion that leaderships a particular set of skills that can be applied anywhere and The CAFO Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories is always just as effective This exaggerated version of the storysn t entirely the case even for this author but the differences that make a difference are never so much around the types of work expected but rather the values of the company and I Become a Delight to My Enemies in getting employees who will live up to those Finding people who share the company s valuess central to getting the right peopleWe need to talk about hindsight bias When a company Nala and Simba (Disney the Lion King) (Step into Reading) is successfult Ayesha at Last is pretty likely thatt s successful because all the bits of the company work well together If some bits of the company are actively working to undermine other bits of the company t would seem pretty likely that the company as a whole sn t going to be successful So saying that very successful companies are made up of parts that work well together and that the people leading those parts are team players all seems a bit obvious to me Perhaps saying they are the right people n the right jobs s saying something mportant but t sn t at all clear to me how you would know beforehand Given that everyone Game for Life: Michael Strahan is an expertn hindsight One Night at the Lake it wasn t all that clear to me how you might go about picking the right people andt also seemed pretty obvious that when things stuffed up Power Surge inevitably you could argue thatt was because you had nadvertently chosen the wrong people The other problem I have with this dea Hook, Line, Sinker is one I also had with Taylorism and scientific management which also has a long section on getting the right people thats that too often leaders simply don t have the luxury of being able to make those choices and of backing out of choices once A Prayer for Travelers it becomes clear the wrong one has been made To me a great leader would be one who can succeed with what they have rather than having to create the perfect environment first But I m not exactly a great world leader so what would I knowThis problem of hindsight comes up againn the next attribute great leaders face "The Brutal Facts Of "brutal facts of situation they find themselves Presidential Leadership: Politics and Policy Making in and are unflinchingn how they stare Game Night (Disney Junior Vampirina) into this particular abyss Itsn t clear to me how you might navigate a changing environment something all of these great leaders here nvariably did without doing something that could be called coming to terms with the brutal facts of your situation Look I do understand that perhaps my shares n Hansom Cabs are never going to reach the dizzying heights they achieved n the 1870s but I m not sure just what brutally facing reality means other than t being something you will nevitably say you have done when any changes you make pay offI have another problem with this and that relates to the basic positivist underlying assumptions of such theories That s the Snow Job idea that theres essentially one truth and even though Private - Keep Out! it likes to hidef you pursue Psychiatric Nurse it with objectivity and determination you will certainly findt I feel the world My First Busy Jobs Lets Go To Work is much messy than that and that while you can say thatf you don t pay any attention to the world around you then things ar. Are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to greatThe StandardsUsing tough benchmarks Collins and his research team A Whole New Crowd identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years How great After the leap the good to great companies generated cumulative stock returns that beat the general stock market by an average of seven timesn fifteen years better than twice the results delivered by a composite The Complete Idiot's Guide to Crystals index of the world's greatest companiesncluding Coca Cola Intel General Electric and Merck The ComparisonsThe research team contrasted the good to great companies with a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to make the leap from good to great What was different Why did one set of companies become truly gre. Good to Great Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don t James C CollinsGood to Great Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don t s a management book by Jim C Collins that describes how companies transition from being good companies to great companies and how most companies fail to make the transition The book was published on October 16 2001 Greatness s defined as financial performance several multiples better than the market average over a sustained period Using tough benchmarks Collins and his research team dentified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years How great After the leap the good to great companies generated cumulative stock returns that beat the general stock market by an average of seven times n fifteen years better than twice the results delivered by a composite ndex of the world s greatest companies Methods To Detect Adulteration Of Fruit Juice Beverages including Coca Cola Intel General Electric and Merck Collins finds the main reason certain companies become greats they narrowly focus the company s resources on their field of key competence 2006 1383 301 9648148031 1384 1386 1387 1388 9789648148039 1386 1389 1392 21 1395 336 9786007133750 1395 350 9786006959781 1395 270 9786006958927 1394 202 05121399 Okay let s get this out of the way first this book Black Life on the Mississippi: Slaves, Free Blacks, and the Western Steamboat World is DATED It studies eleven companies that beat the stock market over a period of fifteen yearsrrespective of ndustry other comparison companies n the same Dead Folks industries did not produce the same results Unfortunately these eleven companiesnclude Fannie Mae Circuit City Wells Fargo and Philip Morris The findings are ultimately The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst interesting and I think the writers would argue that the recent performance of the companies don t affect the findings validity but boys Die Welt voran it a trip to read about Wells Fargo as a paragon of excellencen the year 2019James Collins wrote this with a large group of researchers and the methodology and results are explained n detail n the extensive appendices at the end of the book They distill their findings A Madras Miasma into seven key themes around what helps a company go from mediocre to truly great which they define as beating the stock market by a certain margin over a long period of time I realize that I am reading a business book and by default there needs to be a core metric by which we recognize businesses as good or great but I had some trouble with the complete disregard for socialmpact that powers this book Collins says that looking at employee or social welfare would have Utterly Unbelievable: WWII in Facts introduced biasesnto the study but I would also say that there s an nherent bias n defining a business s greatness solely by ts stock returns and shareholder value which s why you end up with Philip Morris n your group of great companies Your definition for success Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid is not the same as mine It s alsonteresting that the research group tends to handwave around employee motivation morale and fulfillment for all of the great companies as a natural outcome of business success but does not offer any metrics or background on this n the text of the bookAll that aside I found some of the takeaways truly nteresting Charisma s detrimental to leadership The good to great companies all had Level 5 leaders which the research group defines as a leader who s Citizen Jack incredibly driven but extremely humble The Level 5 leaders aren t charismatic or larger than life figures they center their companies on one purpose and build strong systems that move the entire companyn one direction The true tell of this type of leader Help Your Kids With Music: A unique step-by-step visual guide isf the company survives and flourishes after they leave are you worried about your CEO or about the reality of your situation Charismatic outside leaders produced consistently worse results and the companies stagnated after their departure It s also worth noting that executive compensation had absolutely no measurable effect on a company s success Managing morale and motivation Bergen Belsen: Vom Aufenthaltslager zum Konzentrationslager, 1943-1945 is largely a waste of time If employeesnstinctively understand the vision of the company and how they contribute to ts success there s no reason to motivate or spend time managing change I don t think this Storm Chaser is ever 100% true andt Mother Dear is precluded by the necessity to have the right peoplen the right roles but I found this perspective The Search for Heinrich Schlögel interesting and the examples rang true to me Stay focused on your central concept The book refers to this as the Hedgehog Concept a term that I refuse to use It combines the Venn diagram of these three things 1 what are you truly passionate about 2 what drives your economic engine and 3 what can you be bestn the world at If you aren t driving towards an ntersection of all three you will not be able to achieve sustained results This reuires a culture of discipline throughout all levels of the company Understand the brutal reality The successful companies understood the brutal facts of reality when making business decisions and candidly discussed and planned for that reality That sometimes reuires an entire business shift to align yourself with your central concept When you see user or customer research that upends your assumptions do not gnore t This also reinforces the need for long term nvestment The writers point was that you cannot be an optimist this will all work out but you must confront reality and simultaneously strongly believe that you will succeed despite the odds You also must create an environment where the truth s heard which reuires the leaders to ask uestions hold themselves to high standards and build red flag mechanisms to get advance notice of ssuesAnyway I found the book both The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised Men interesting and frustrating to read The research team commits the cardinal sin of all business books whichs comparing every single concept to a famous thinker Einstein did not model simplistic thinking has this man ever read a proof of E mc2 get back to me after you have done Graphic Design For Everyone: Create Your Own Blog, Logo, Website and Much More it and Abraham Lincolns not comparable to a CEO I wish that these types of comparisons could be completely excised from our discourse I rolled my eyes through much of this nonsense and t really detracted from my engagement with the bookI also found t frustrating that diversity of thought and teams never comes up n this book Every single CEO mentioned s a man and most of the named executives at these companies are men You can read nto the concept of getting the right people on the bus "as assembling the correct team but then the book goes on to say that employee ncentives and compensation matter "assembling the correct team but then the book goes on to say that employee ncentives and compensation matter less than you think they do That depends on who you are hiring and what their personal priorities are and that will always differ for ndividuals I did like that part of the leadership discussion hinges on whether nternal or external leadership s better for a company most of the Level 5 leaders Cooking Korean Food with Maangchi: Traditional Korean recipes in the book arenternal choices which ntuitively makes sense because they are able to fully grasp the core concept and values of the companyFinally t s hilarious to read sentences like com the reigning champion of e commerce and today we primarily use portables from companies like Dell and Sony 2001 was a wild time 2019 s a wild time In the last 18 years these good to great companies have The Girl He Used to Know implodedn on themselves Hopefully the lessons from this book endure longer than Fannie Mae s reputation I hope I don t get fired for not thinking this was the greatest book ever Honestly business books are not exactly my cup of tea This book started off really Der Vampir von Melaten interesting The author talks about habits that great companies use to keep their companies run smoothly Many of the suggestions the author gives seem very logical don t have negative people work for your company don t try to put your handn every pot don t stop doing things that work well and do stop doing things that aren t working etcI had two major concerns with this book First was simply the manner n which t was written The author spent hundreds of pages explaining what could have been explained much succinctly It s similar to my thesis My completed thesis was 60 pages but the article I wrote to be published Dictatorship and Political Police: The Technique of Control by Fear in a journal which consists of the same material or less was only about 15 pages I would benterested Die Versuchung der Pestmagd in this bookf t was written n journal form allowing me to cut out the redundancy To the author s credit however I appreciated that he did give examples as often I was very confused by his explanation of the concept and wouldn t have understood without his providing an example they found n one of the companiesMy second major concern was the methodology The author utilizes no scientific method for gathering data
instead utilizes a for gold approach throw everything nto the pot and see what comes out That combined with overwhelming hindsight bias makes me extremely suspicious of any and every conclusion drawn n the book While reading this book I was reminded of one of my undergraduate teachers explaining the advantage that Freud had as an early psychologist because of his theories he could not be proven wrong How do you prove that someone sn t Contest of Champions, Vol. 1: Battleworld in denial How do you prove that someonesn t obsessed with his mother Likewise how do you prove that these theories proposed by Jim Collins actually work Indeed Collins later predicts at the end of his book that any company that STOPS abiding by the principles he outlines will fail With his nteresting methodology I doubt that his principles would have a causal linkBut Instead Utilizes A
to either success or failure I expect that many companies fail and that many companies are very successfuleither success or failure I expect that many companies fail and that many companies are very successful regard to his theories In addition a problem with his methodology s that he measured greatness by a company s sustained stock market value being a certain percentage 150% above the general market what about private companies How can a private company measure greatness f that s the standardSo overall I enjoyed this book at the beginning and became bored with Galloglass 1250–1600: Gaelic Mercenary Warrior it by the end I think there are some good principles that can be pulled out oft but I fear that some companies will take this book too much to heart and let other The South Atlantic Coast and Piedmont: A Literary Field Guide important factors slipRob please don t fire me This book by Jim Collinss one of the most successful books to be found The Amish Baking Cookbook: Plainly Delicious Recipes From Oven To Table in the Business section of your local megabookstore and given howt purports to tell you how to take a merely good company and make t great t s not difficult to see why that might be so Collins and his crack team of researchers say they swam through stacks of business literature A Guide to British Garden Birds. Stephen Moss and Brett Westwood with Chris Watson in search ofnfo on how to pull this feat off and came up with a list of great companies that Yahoo Answered: An Internet Marketer's Guide to Yahoo Answers illustrate some concepts central to the puzzle They also present for each great company what they call a comparison company whichs kind of that company with a goatee and a much less From Our Grandmothers' Kitchens impressive earnings record The balance of the books spent expanding on pithy catch phrases that describe the great companies like First Who Then What or Be a Hedgehog or Grasp the Flywheel not the Doom Loop No no I m totally seriousI ve got several problems with this book the biggest of which stem from fundamentally viewpoints on how to do research Collin s brand of research Love★Com, Vol. 6 is not my kind It s not systematict s not replicable A Dictionary of Iowa Place-Names it s not generalizablet s not systematic The Dinosaur That Pooped Adventures! it s not free of biast s not model driven and The Lost Treasure of Talus Scree it s not collaborative It s notn short scientific n any way That s not to say that other methods of nuiry are without merit the Harvard Business Review makes pretty darn good use of case studies for example but way too often Collins s great truths seemed like suare pegs crammed Just William's Greatest Hits into round holes because a round holes what he wants For example there s no reported search for nformation that disconfirms his hypotheses Are there other companies that don t make use of a Culture of Discipline Chapter 6 natch but yet are still great according to Collins s definition Are there great companies that fail to do some of the things he says should make them great The way that the book focuses strictly on pairs of greatcomparison companies smacks of confirmatory nformation bias which s a kink n the human mind that drives us to seek out and pay attention to nformation that confirms our pre existing suppositions and gnore Too Big, Too Thick, Stretched Me, Squirting: Book 5 information that fails to support themRelatedly a lot of the book s themes and platitudes strike me as owing their popularity to the same factors that make the horoscope or certain personality tests like the Myers Briggs Type Indicator so popular they re so general and loosely defined that almost anyone can look at that and not only say that wow that make sense and I ve always felt the same way This guy and me We re geniuses The chapter about getting the right people on the bus that extols the virtue of hiring really super peoples perhaps the most obvious example Really did anyone read this part and think Oh man I ve been hiring half retarded chimps THAT S my problem I should hire GOOD people To find the keys to greatness Collins's 21 person research team read and coded 6000 articles generated than 2000 pages of nterview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data n a five year project The findings will surprise many readers and uite frankly upset othersThe ChallengeBuilt to Last the defining management study of the nineties showed how great companies triumph over time and how long term sustained performance can be engineered The box of delights: when the wolves were running. into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning But what about the company thats not born with great DNA How can good companies mediocre companies even bad companies achieve enduring greatness The StudyFor years this uestion preyed on the mind of Jim Collins Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long term mediocrity or worse Fish Chips into long term superiority Andf so what.