- Culture Trumps Strategy, Every Time by Nilofer Merchant on The Conversation – Harvard Business Review
Quote: After working on strategy for 20 years, I can say this: culture will trump strategy, every time. The best strategic idea means nothing in isolation. If the strategy conflicts with how a group of people already believe, behave or make decisions it will fail. Conversely, a culturally robust team can turn a so-so strategy into a winner. The “how” matters in how we get performance. Yes, it does.
- The Entrepreneur’s Journey – The Black Sheep by Neil Shepherd on Troy Claus’ Marketing and Branding the Right Way
Quote: Don’t allow yourself to be spoon fed in this life, or wear rose colored glasses. You can’t expect someone to teach you, and you can’t expect success to be handed to you. You must take the initiative and strive to learn on your own.
- The big when for IT is now by Mark McDonald on the Gartner Blog Network
Quote: The big WHEN for IT is now and leaders are already taking advantage or planning to take advantage of lighter weight technologies and the opportunity to apply them in the context of growth, innovation and strategic relevance.
- Go and See by Wally Bock on Three Star Leadership Blog
Quote: …reading is a wonderful way to learn, but you understand so much more when you supplement intellectual study with visiting the ground. No description of the battle can match the impact of walking 1000 yards in summer heat and realizing that almost every step would have been under fire
- Engineering vs. Liberal Arts: Who’s Right—Bill or Steve? by Vivek Wadhwa on TechCrunch
Quote: My advice to my students—and to my own children—is to study what interests them the most; to excel in fields in which they have the most passion and ability; to change the world in their own way and on their own terms. Once they master their domain, they can find the path to entrepreneurship.
For the longest time, I’ve put off reading “Good to Great” by Jim Collins but finally decided to pick it up.
Have you ever realized that your perception was completely wrong about something and felt like a fool? Well..that’s what happened to me while reading this book.
I’ve always been wary of the book and the message it portrayed…at least the one I thought it portrayed. Over the years, I’ve read many reviews (good & bad) of the book and heard many people talk about the book in a negative light. I allowed these negative sentiments about the book to keep from reading it. I wish I’d picked the book up sooner…not because it delivers a resounding message but because it is much different than many of the critics have tried to make it.
Many critics claim the book trys to say ‘do these things and you’ll be successful’…I disagree. That’s not what I got from the book at all. What I got out of this book was a affirmation of what I’ve been arguing for all along:
People are the most important asset an organization will ever have.
Many critics slam the book (and others like it) because many of the companies listed as ‘great’ aren’t that great these days. The critics claim that this is ammunition against the book’s message…I disagree…sort of. I agree that many of the organizations outlined in this book are now ‘not so great’, but that isn’t proof that the message of this book is wrong. Perhaps these organizations lost their way. Perhaps they stopped focusing on the people and started focusing on the competition or maybe they started worrying about how investors would see them.
I like this book and its message. I do think the idea of ‘do these things and you’ll be great’ is ridiculous but that shouldn’t stop an organization from looking at how other companies have been successful.
This book, and the many others like it, tend to oversimplify what companies and/or people have done to be successful. There isn’t one solution that will fit every organization. There isn’t a ‘recipe’ for success. You can’t emulate your competitor, you’ve got to be true to yourself and your mission.
That said, the book was a good read and had some very interesting insights. I may not agree with the entire premise of the book but i think there are some very interesting topics covered.