Great Stuff

Posted: October 10, 2008 in Daily Blog

Jim Collins, author of the redefining book called “Good to Great” is a great thinker with unbelievable insight. He consults and studies large companies and shares his wisdom with church leaders. Recently these comments were posted by Tim Stevens from a conference called Catalyst08, and I want to share them because regardless of what you do, they are great insights!

· Not all time in life is equal.

· Good is the enemy of great.

· Greatness is not a function of your circumstances; or good luck; it is a function of a choice.

· Most overnight successes are really about twenty years in the making.

· It took 7 years for Sam Walton to open his 2nd store. It took Starbucks 13 years before they had 5 stores.

· A great organization is more likely to die of indigestion of too many opportunities rather than starvation of not enough opportunities.

· #1 sign of over-reaching and the start of decline: When you grow beyond your ability to have the right people in the right seats on the bus.

· It is the undisciplined pursuit of more that will kill an organization.

· We need to spend more time on who and less on what. If you have the right who, they will figure out the right what.

· We are in turbulent times. The years 1945-2000 were an anomaly. The convergence of stability and prosperity. It is unlikely we’ll see this again in our lifetimes.

· The greatest CEO’s from the greatest companies in history had one distinctive characteristic that separate them from other leaders. The trait is humility.

· If it is about you…you will not build something great. And only you know if you are all about you.

· It may take 30 years to build a reputation. It only takes 30 seconds to destroy it.

· Plan “white space days” – plan them months in advance, schedule nothing, turn off all electronics. Just think.

· The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you’ve probably made a hiring mistake.

· Everyone on your team should be able to articulate their role and not have a title.

  1. leanne says:

    I love the die of indigestion verses starvation of ideas. I get impatient and keep putting irons in the fire,then all of a sudden they all catch on fire at the same time. It never fails. I find myself saying, I wish this oppurtunity came two weeks ago or two months from now. I know God’s timing is never wrong but does it say anything about being exhausting????

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