Date(s) - 09/11/2014
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Popular Coach and Book Club Guru Robert Mallon brings his “Book Club Learning” to PCI Webinars with a 4 Part Series from one of his favorite business books: Good to Great by Jim Collins. This book has been an inspiration for organizational improvement for years.
Chapter One is an introductory chapter which deals with the question of why “Good is the Enemy of Great.” He answers several questions including, “Is just being good enough incurable?” and “Can a good organization become great and, if so, how?” You will also understand how this huge study was conducted and why the information is so significant to today’s organizations.
Chapter Two delves into what constitutes a Good to Great Leader—what Collins calls a “Level 5 Leader.” You will begin to understand what makes a great leader and how you can use this information for your own growth. It is a combination, which is sure to surprise you!
Chapter Three explores the direction that Good to Great leaders take. Instead of initially focusing on strategy and direction, Good to Great leaders focus on making sure that they have “the right people on the bus.” You will find that these leaders have different priorities than most leaders have.
Chapter Four explains the “Stockdale Paradox, a principal which you will be able to use for the rest of your life, both personally and professionally. To me, this chapter contains some of the most impactful information I’ve ever read in a management/leadership book.
Chapter Five describes the “Hedgehog Concept.” In this little story, you will see that just because you’ve been doing something for years doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to take you where you need to go. Good to Great companies deliberately do things in a simple, consistent way. You’ll begin to understand how you can use this concept in your organization also.
Chapter Six “A Culture of Discipline.” All companies have a culture of some kind, some companies have discipline, but few organizations have a culture of discipline. We’ll discuss what this means and how you can specifically implement this concept into your organization!
Chapter Seven deals with “Technology Accelerators.” We will explore the question of how “Good to Great” companies think differently about technology. Collins shows us that these Great companies use a large amount of prudence and deliberation when it comes to the use of technology. At first, this seems to fly in the face of conventional wisdom, but you’ll learn the why’s behind their thinking.
Chapter Eight is called The Flywheel and the Doom Loop. In this chapter, Collins describes two cycles that demonstrate the way that business decisions tend to accumulate incrementally in either an advantageous or a disadvantageous manner. We’ll talk about how to use this impactful information when growing your own organization.
* Participants are highly encouraged to read the designated chapters of the book before each program.