Good to Great by Jim Collins

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In Good to Great, Jim Collins discusses major key points companies have used to go from a good company to a great one. He did this by discussing seven characteristics companies should listen and absorb to transition from being good to becoming great. These characteristics included: level 5 leadership, first who…then what, confront the brutal facts, the hedgehog concept, a culture of discipline and the flywheel. Companies who can approach these successfully are the ones who enable themselves to separate from other competing companies. Furthermore, the statement Jim Collins said, which caught my attention immediately, was not in these seven characteristics, but in the first chapter of the book. He stated, “Good is the enemy of great.” This sentence consisting of six words I believed was most powerful throughout the book. Having said this, he discusses how typically companies are satisfied with just good, good is good, no one ever tries to take another step to try and become great. While this book is discussing businesses, it also applies to everyday life; am I doing everything to be great, or am I too just satisfied with good? Reflecting back on past work, school and overall experiences, it came to my attention not all the time did I try and be great, for I was content with good, good was good for me. I never took an extra stride to try and become great at what I was doing. Chapter 1, I felt to be the most influential, it truly grasped my attention and made me think to never settle for just good because someone else out there is taking extra steps to be great. Moreover, while all the characteristics have a significant meaning in the text and assist one another in transitioning companies from good to great, the Hedgehog Concept is on...

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...onsistently provide strong work ethic, dedication and most importantly patience. There will be no “aha” moment, good to great results occur over time.
Jim Collins expressed ideas people might overlook in business and in their careers as well. He really opened up my eyes on how to approach the rest of my education and taking this to transition into full-time employment. Many lessons can be taken from this book, but it’s important to understand, while good might be good, it’s not great. Don’t just rely on good, there are always more you can do to be great, produce great results and be a part of a great company. So as mentioned before are you a hedgehog or fox? Do you want to be great or are you satisfied with good? Look in your three circles, avoid the doom loop and keep your flywheel spinning, after all of that you can become the energy industry’s next great leader.

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