Good To Great - Management According To Collins Essay

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Management According to Collins In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins gives a detailed comparison between companies that are able to excel continually in their field and companies that are either mediocre or one hit wonders. Through their research his team was able to find distinct characteristics having to do with leadership, planning or purpose, human and technological resources, and discipline that differentiate the great businesses from the ordinary ones. Some of the main ideas that Collins’ focuses on are the Level 5 leader, the Hedgehog Concept and the Culture of Discipline, which all fit together to transform a simply good business into one that has long lasting cumulative returns much higher than that of the market (8).…show more content…
Through doing this they were able to figure out what any company can do to become successful and remain successful, based on scientific fact and reasoning. The first thing that the team found was that the greatest businesses that were researched had gained momentum in their industry and increased it over time by having had a great leader pushing the company’s success. Collins’ gives us five different levels of leadership capabilities, the first being a highly capable individual, or someone who is able to contribute his extensive skills and knowledge to the good of the company. The second level leader is a contributing team member that is able to use his own capabilities to form a productive and harmonious team and work environment. The third level leader is a competent manager who is able to organize the company’s resources effectively towards a productive environment. The fourth level leader is effective, and is committed to the vision of the company, and works to motivate his workforce towards it through high standards (20). The final level in the hierarchy of leadership is what Collins’ believes enables a good company to become great and remain great, even after the departure of this particular leader. In fact it seems as though Collins’ entire model
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