Jim Collins: “Good to Great” Website

Jim Collins book “Good to Great” has been a best selling business book for several years. But I am not so sure everyone knows about Jim Collins web site. It as on-line mini-lectures, and much more material that reinforces the concepts outlined in the book.

As for how the concepts in the book relate to “lean thinking” – I believe they are 100% congruent. Examining Toyota in the context of the model outlined in the book shows everything Collins calls out as the crucial factors that separate sustainable improvement from the flash-in-the-pan unsustainable variety.

The only difference I can see between Toyota and the companies that were profiled is that Toyota has had these ingredients pretty much from the beginning, and Collins’ research was looking at companies that acquired them well into their existence.

3 Replies to “Jim Collins: “Good to Great” Website”

  1. “The only difference I can see between Toyota and the companies that were profiled is that Toyota has had these ingredients pretty much from the beginning, and Collins’ research was looking at companies that acquired them well into their existence.”

    Check out Built to Last and you will find even more parallels between the Collins’s findings and Toyota.

  2. Quite true. “Built to Last” is probably a better parallel.

    For other readers: “Built to Last” is Collins’ earlier book that profiles enduring companies that had the ingredients of long-term success pretty much from the start.

  3. Dear Jim,

    I found the Hedgehog concept really interesting. ” Hedgehogs aren’t simpletons; they have a piercing insight that allows them to see through complexity and discern underlying patterns.” I think that many business leaders should take cognizance of this concept, however they need the tools and talent to articulate this concept. Great book – “Good To Great”.

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