“Good To Great in 10 Steps”

May 8, 2012

Jim Collins is one of my favorite leadership / organizational authors and I have applied many of his principles from Good to Great and our leadership team is going through a study on his book Great by Choice.

Recently in Inc. online he has an article on “Good To Great in 10 Steps“. Click here to read the entire article.

The 10 steps are:

1. Download and complete the diagnostic tool on his site (actually a very good tool)

2. Get the right people in key seats.

3. Once a quarter, have a brutal facts meeting. (this one is very interesting to me & seems to be valuable but difficult for most people)

4. Set a 15 to 25-year big, hairy audacious goal (BHAG).

5. Commit to a “20-mile march” that you will bring you to your big hairy audacious goal. (the 20-mile march concept is described in his book Great by Choice)

6. Place at least one really big bet in the next three years.

7. Practice productive paranoia.

8. Get a high return on your next luck event.

9. Make a to-do list. “If you have more than three priorities, you don’t have any,” says Collins.

10. Commit to a set of core values that you will want to build your enterprise on, without changing them, for 100 years.

It’s a good article and well worth the read.

BG