Friday, August 11, 2006

Summit '06: Session Five (II): Collins

The second part of session five, is an interview with Jim Collins. Jim may be most well-known for his book, Good to Great. He recently wrote a monograph as an addendum to Good to Great, that deals specifically with leadership in a non-profit organization. Issues from the monograph that they are discussing: While it may sound like a great idea that churches should be run more like a business, it's the wrong idea, because most businesses are not great, they're average. For example, almost everyone would say that any organization needs more disciplined, focused thinking. But disciplined, focused thinking is a product of greatness, not exclusively of business. While the output of an organization is, in one sense, difficult to measure, it is critical to have some definate definition of success. You can buy the monograph here.

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