I just finished reading Jim Collin’s book Good to Great. I found it a good, or rather great, read on leadership, vision, and managing people. Collins and his research crew spent a serious amount of time interviewing and examining companies which seemed to fit a specific mold. For instance, the most successful companies had what he called “Level 5” leaders (bold, humble, people who put company before ego), followed a Hedgehog concept (what can we best at, what can we have a passion for, setting a common economic denominator), and always dealt honestly with real challenges. Much of the principles could be used at any management level and have proved helpful for pastors or those leading non-profit organizations.
One of my favorite lines from Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America is, “Yeah, he (a male singer just referred to as “good”) is good and terrible!” The funny thing is (though I guess that’s not really the best word for it) that two of these Good to Great companies have now become Good and Terrible. Fannie Mae ran into a “bit” of trouble the other day, and just recently Circuit City filed for bankruptcy. The economy could have played a part, but it seems that they may have deviated from their Hedgehog concept by treating their employees poorly (according to some). Well I hope Walgreens isn’t next or else that will be 3 out of about 9 on the list!