Friday, July 13, 2007

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I am finaaly reading the book "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. I have been wanting to read this since I have heard him speak at last years Leadership Summit. So I am only a couple of chapters in and am all ready intrigued by a couple of his findings. One of them had to do with the attitudes of Good to Great CEOs. These are CEOs that had good companies and lead them to Great companies. Most of them were very humble and contributed a lot of success to luck. What it really comes down to though is that they look externally at success and internally for failures. When a CEO who is not leading a good company has failures they look outside the window to look for reasons why. They blame things on bad employees, environment, bad markets. When they have success they look at themselves in the mirror and brag about their achievements. In contrast the CEOs that

lead "good to great" companies look at themselves in the mirror when they have failures. They critizie themselves and look for solutions. When they have success they look out the window and give credit to employees, hardwork, and yes even sometimes luck. How many times do we blame others for our shortcomings? How many times do we brag about ourselves when other people have helped us to achieve success? How many times do we settle for good, when we could be great?

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