Jim Collins on the “Keys to Success” and “Leaders”
– From Mitch Barns Blog
Here are some ideas that I have accumulated from various books and talks by Jim Collins, the author of several best-selling business books, including Built to Last, How the Mighty Fall, and Good to Great.
On the keys to success:
• Greatness comes from the values and “DNA” of an organization, NOT from “incentives”.
• Discipline is key to greatness. “Discipline” is not a business idea…business didn’t invent it. But in business, greatness validates the importance of discipline over and over again.
• It is important to have good measures of success. In some organizations, money is both a primary input and a primary output, and so “ROI” is fairly clear. In other organizations, money is a clear input, but not a clear output. For example, an Art Museum or an Orchestra; or a market research department at one of our clients. In most cases, these types of organizations don’t try hard enough to measure effectiveness. They should try harder. Example: the Cleveland Orchestra. They chose “success measures” like the number of standing ovations, the number of people who attended from outside of the Cleveland metropolitan area, the number of other cities’ orchestras that patterned programming after Cleveland’s, etc. Clever! (and useful)
What does a great business leader look like?
• The best leaders often are often quiet and humble and quick to give credit to others and to “luck” for their success.
• They are people that put the interest of the overall business ahead of their personal interests.
• They are people who manage not to succumb to the seduction of being seen as the leader.
• The best leaders are fanatically driven to produce results.
• The best leaders can get people to do things even when they don’t have the power to MAKE them do it.
• The best leaders rely on high standards more than personal charisma. They are rigorous, but not ruthless.
• The best leaders view themselves as being within a constellation of colleagues rather than atop a hierarchy.
• And perhaps the biggest irony of all … the best leaders ensure they have a successor so that when they leave, the business will continue to succeed without them.
These qualities might not describe the kind of “great leaders” in business that people often hear about, but in my opinion, these nevertheless are the qualities that describe the best leaders.
Jim Collins撰有数本经济类畅销书，包括《基业长青》、《强大企业的兴衰》和《从优秀到卓越》。以下是我从Jim Collins著作和谈话中收集下来的关于成功关键的看法：