James C. “Jim” Collins is an American business consultant, author, lecturer and a professor in Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award. His the author of one of the best-seller hardcover books Good to Great: Why Some Companies make the Leap… and Others Don’t. This book was published in 2001, translated into 32 languages and sold over 2.5 million copies ("About Jim," 2009-2016). Jim as his friends and family called him was born on January 25, 1958 in Aurora Colorado and married to Joanne Ernst, a former triathlete and Ironman winner ("James," “n.d.”). He studied Mathematics and had his Masters degree in Business Administration in Standard University. He received his honorary doctoral degree from the University of Colorado and the Peter F. Ducker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University ("About Jim," 2009-2016). In 1995, he established his own management laboratory in Colorado. He shared his talent in every sector of the society, be it in healthcare, media, military, schools and university ("About Jim," 2009-2016). Jim authored and co-authored several books , including the classic Built to Last, which explores how some leaders build companies that remain visionary for generations and has been translated into 25 languages("James," “n.d.”).
Good to Great is an non fiction book about eleven companies that made the leap to greatness and sustained it for at least fifteen years.
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After graduation, he got a low level job at Goodyear. He was a trainee, but he always wanted a larger leadership position because he liked working and leading people. He finally was promoted, and he became the company president. He worked there for 37 years. He was on leadership teams in high school that helped him to become a businessman .
James Sinegal, is the former Chief Executive Officer, co-founder, and Director of the low-price membership bulk warehouse company Costco (“James Sinegal Bio, n.d.). Sinegal was in born January 1, 1936, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to a faith-driven, middle-class working family (“James Sinegal Bio”, n.d.). Though James Sinegal was born in Pennsylvania, he attended high school and college on the West coast at Helix High School and San Diego Junior College University (“James Sinegal Bio”, n.d.). Jim Sinegal earned his Associate 's Degree from San Diego Junior College; however, it is not clear, if he went on to earn his Bachelor 's Degree, or if he dropped out of college after he received his Associate’s Degree (“James Sinegal Bio”, n.d.).
As a new company he and his partner did very well within the first 18 months, working constantly and diligently. By the time 18 months went by, he and his partner had made over a few hundred thousand dollars (Leaders of Info 2). They made this money by selling their software to big companies such as Apple and Commodore as well as many little companies (Leaders of Info 2). A very
Jimmy Collins is a distinguished leader. Former president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, Inc.. Before starting his career with Chick-fil-A, he worked for a food service consulting business and designed the floor plans for the Chick-fil-A stores. Mr. Collins describes his role at Chick-fil-A as the chief follower of the founder. He is also the founder of creative followership. He is driven by influencing people that are interested in advancing their careers and wants to share his experiences and wisdom with them.
James Stephen Hogg was born on March 24, 1851near Rusk, Texas. His father was a brigadier general in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States. His father died in 1862 in Mississippi. His mother died the following year. James Stephen Hogg had two brothers and two sisters that were left to run the family plantation.
In July 2010, Jim Sinegal ceded his bit of power. He stepped down from the title of president and, at the same time, set up a process for a smooth management transition for when he decides to retire. And the most interesting aspect of Jim Sinegal’s life is that he is now 74 years old and still does not have any plans to retire. Retailing is still his first love.
Hours upon end are spent, face buried in a laptop or newspaper, analyzing stock dividends and bonds yields. Warren Buffett books and Wall Street Journal editions - a glimpse of the night stand that has well deservedly earned me the label “business nerd” by family and friends. I have, if not an obsession, a passion for studying finance. Aspiring to work in Investment Banking, I applied to Ross as it provides excellent exposure to the world of finance through premiere recruiting opportunities and a well-constructed business curriculum that merges the science of economics with the cultivation of leadership. At Michigan, freshman students are subject to a liberal arts curriculum, which I believe can benefit me in becoming a well-rounded student. Although I have a passion for finance, I cannot imagine isolating my studies to one subject for four years of school. In my Sophomore year, I would dive into financial studies such as accounting and business strategy; but Ross also emphasizes the ‘positive decisions’ course, which interests me because it acknowledges the impact that economic decisions have on society. Coming from a middle class background, I find it important to acknowledge the effect that the cost of living or price of gas have on family finances. Ross’s Junior and Senior curriculums step past the theoretical studies of economics and into the real world application of business skills, such as ‘communication strategy’ and ‘corporate strategy.’ I believe exposure to a collaborative environment in these years can assist me in cultivating a team
When he first began, he was told that he was a pastor and that he had no business experience; how could he possibly guide people in business? He has taken his leadership experiences from his church life and directly correlated them to many various fields. The book has many illustrations drawing parallels with sports and American history as well as corporate experts’ stories.
To transform a good company to great company is all manages' dream, but only few of them make it. To find out the core factors which lead to a good company became a great company is very difficult, because in different era, different industry companies face different opportunities and threats. To begin the research for the Good-to-Great study, Jim Collins and his research team searched for companies that: performed at or below the general stock market for at least fifteen years; then at a transition point began to pull away from the competition, and sustained returns of at least 3 times the general market for the next fifteen years. He started with a list of 1,435 companies and found eleven that met his criteria.
John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 25 million books in 50 languages. In 2014 he was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. He has also been voted the top leadership professional in the world on LeadershipGurus.net for six consecutive years. As the founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team,
“No matter how dramatic the end result, the good-to-great transformations never happened in one fell swoop. There was no defining action, no grand program, no one killer innovation, no solitary lucky break… Good to great comes about by a cumulative process…that adds up to sustained and spectacular results”; this was a quote he said in this wonderful book, a quote that says the reality of businesses nowadays, a quote that for us defined in short words the name of this book and the research Collins made.
Jim Collins and his research team have done a wonderful job identifying what it takes for a company to go from good to great. I found this book extremely interesting and would like to share several of my thoughts. The study looks at companies that appeared on the Fortune 500 from the years of 1965 to 1995, looking for those that, for 15 years, either tracked or underperformed the stock market, followed by a transition, and subsequently returning at least 3 times the stock market for at least 15 years. The eleven companies included in the
"Good is the enemy of great” is the first sentence in Jim Collins book; Good to Great, Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Other Don’t. Jim Collins says, because good is the enemy of great, is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. This book is packed with leading edge thinking, understandable examples, and data to support the conclusions. It is a challenge for CEOs, entrepreneurs and leaders to show evidence of the discipline required to shift their companies from Good to Great.
After he graduated from Princeton, Jeff joined a high-tech startup in New York called FITEL. After two years at FITEL, he joined Bankers Trust Company. At Bankers Trust, he setup