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David Lee King

Notes from Good to Great



I just skimmed the book Good to Great by Jim Collins, and want to remember a few things, sorta kinda about change management:

Pg. 89: “Spending time and energy trying to “motivate” people is a waste of effort. The real question is not, “How do we motivate our people?” If you have the right people, they will be self-motivated. The key is to not de-motivate them. One of the primary ways to de-motivate people is to ignore the brutal facts of reality.”

Pg. 163: “Good-to-great organizations avoid technology fads and bandwagons, yet they become pioneers in the application of carefully selected technologies.”

“The key question about any technology is, Does the technology fit directly with your Hedgehog Concept [which is a cool concept - it's a venn diagram, with three circles: 1. what are you deply passionate about, 2. what you can be the best in the world at, and 3. what drives your economic engine - the hedgehog concept is the stuff that intersects all three circles - that's the stuff you should do]? If yes, then you need to become a pioneer in the application of that technology. If no, then you can settle for parity or ignore it entirely.”

“The good-to-great companies used technology as an accelerator of momentum, not a creator of it. None of the good-to-great companies began their transformations with pioneering technology, yet they all became pioneers in the application of technology once they grasped how it fit in their three circles and after they hit breakthrough.”

“How a company reacts to technological change is a good indicator of its inner drive for greatness versus mediocrity. Great companies respond with thoughtfulness and creativity, driven by a compulsion to turn unrealized potential into results; mediocre companies react and lurch about, motivated by fear of being left behind.”

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  • http://circulating.wordpress.com/ Iris Shreve Garrott

    We have studied Good to Great for four years now and it is amazing how much on track with Library 2.0 we are now because of that and did not even realize until now that was where we were going…!!

  • http://circulating.wordpress.com/ Iris Shreve Garrott

    We have studied Good to Great for four years now and it is amazing how much on track with Library 2.0 we are now because of that and did not even realize until now that was where we were going…!!