Monday, July 8, 2013

Good to Great for Social Sectors

I just finished reading an awesome chapter from Jim Collins' book "Good to Great". It focuses on social sectors and is not in his original book. It is available as a stand alone chapter, or an online PDF.

If you are interested in the social sectors of business, this is a great read. Whether you work with churches, NGO's, Boys or Girls clubs, or charities, this is a great read.


Here is a little section about building greatness...


In building a great institution, there is no single defining action, no
grand program, no one killer innovation, no solitary lucky break, no
miracle moment. Rather, our research showed that it feels like turning
a giant, heavy flywheel. Pushing with great effort-days, weeks and
months of work, with almost imperceptible progress- you finally get
the flywheel to inch forward. But you don't stop. You keep pushing,
and with persistent effort, you eventually get the flywheel to complete
one entire turn. You don't stop. You keep pushing, in an intelligent
and consistent direction, and the flywheel moves a bit faster. You
keep pushing, and you get two turns then four ... then eight ... the
flywheel builds momentum ... sixteen you keep pushing ... thirty two
... it builds more momentum ... a hundred ... moving faster with each
turn . .. a thousand .. . ten thousand . .. a hundred thousand. Then,
at some point- breakthrough! Each turn builds upon previous work.
compounding your investment of effort. The flywheel flies forward
with almost unstoppable momentum. This is how you build greatness.
By focusing on your Hedgehog Concept, yuu build results. Those
results, in turn, attract resources and commitment, which you use to
build a strong organization. That strong organization then delivers even
better results, which attracts greater resources and commitment. which
builds a stronger organization. which enables even better results. People
want to feel the excitement of being involved in something that just flat
out works. When they begin to see tangible results-when they can feel
the flywheel beginning to build speed- that's when most people line
up to throw their shoulders against the wheel and push.

If you would like to read the entire chapter, you can find it here:
http://www.jimcollins.com/tools/diagnostic-tool.pdf

Enjoy the read, and let's make some greatness!