Jim Collins

A Quote by Jim Collins on bureaucracy, hierarchy, and discipline

...culture of discipline. When you have disciplined people, you don't need hierarchy. When you have disciplined thought, you don't need bureaucracy.

Jim Collins

Source: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't, Pages: 13

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A Quote by Jim Collins on good and great

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That good is the enemy of great is not just a business problem. It is a human problem.

Jim Collins

Source: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't, Pages: 16

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A Quote by Jim Collins on ambition, level 5 leaders, self-interest, and ego

Level 5 leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company. It's not that Level 5 leaders have no ego or self-interest. Indeed, they are incredibly ambitious--but their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves.

Jim Collins

Source: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't, Pages: 21

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A Quote by Jim Collins on level 5 leaders, duality, modest, willful, humble, and fearless

Level 5 leaders are a study in duality: modest and willful, humble and fearless.

Jim Collins

Source: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't, Pages: 22

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A Quote by Jim Collins on hiring

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In determing "the right people," the good-to-great companies placed greater weight on character attributes than on specific educational background, practical skills, specialized knowledge, or work experience.

Jim Collins

Source: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't, Pages: 51

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A Quote by Jim Collins on level 5 leaders, leadership, decision making, drive, and results

Level 5 leaders are fanatically driven, infected with an incurable need to produce sustained results. They are resolved to do whatever it takes to make the company great, no matter how big or hard the decisions.  

Jim Collins

Source: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't, Pages: 39

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A Quote by Jim Collins on good and great

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Good is the enemy of great.

Jim Collins

Source: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't, Pages: 1

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A Quote by Jim Collins on reality, faith, perseverance, discipline, and challenges

You must maintain unwavering faith that you can and will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties, AND at the same time, have the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.

Jim Collins

Source: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't, Pages: 13

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A Quote by Jim Collins on excellence, growth, and arete

The critical question asked by a visionary company is not "How well are we doing?" or "How can we do well?" or "How well do we have to perform to meet the competition?" For these companies, the critical question is "How can we do better tomorrow than we did today?" They institutionalize this question as a way of life--a habit of mind and action. Superb execution and performance naturally come to the visionary companies not so much as an end goal, but as the residual result of a never-ending cycle of self-stimulated improvement and investment for the future...

Jim Collins

Source: Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials), Pages: 184

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A Quote by Jim Collins on profitability, visionary companies, and oxygen

Profitability is a necessary condition for existence and a means to more important ends, but it is not the end in itself for many of the visionary companies. Profit is like oxygen, food, water, and blood for the body; they are not the point of life, but without them, there is no life.

Jim Collins

Source: Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials), Pages: 55

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