jim collins
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Best New Year's Resolution? A "Stop Doing" List

USA Today
The start of the New Year is a perfect time to start a "stop doing" list and to make this the cornerstone of your New Year's resolutions, be it for your company, your family, or yourself.

Book Value

To judge by the bestseller lists, a lot of people think you can become a leader by reading books. You can—but they're not the ones you'd expect.

Built to Flip

Fast Company
A battle is under way for the new economy. Which side are you on?

The Classics

Jim Collins offers what he believes to be the complete guide to the best business and management books ever written.

Companies Need Not Hire Outside CEOs to Stimulate Fundamental Change

Directorship (with Jerry I. Porras)
A visionary company can tick along for centuries, pursuing its purpose and expressing its core values long beyond the tenure of any individual leader.

Corporations Will Shape Our Future Values

USA Today
Visionary businessmen of the 20th century used their companies to shape society and its values. They will become the norm, rather than the exception, in the 21st.

Expensive '"Name" CEOs Not Necessarily Best Leaders

USA Today
Imagine the absurdity of paying a CEO $100 million for performing so badly that he gets fired. If true, executive compensation has indeed reached a new level of insanity.

Fear Not

"Change or die," say many of the experts. "The reason to get better is that bad things will happen to you if you don't." Is that kind of fear a good motivator? Not for long.

Few Hot Internet Companies Are Built to Last

USA Today
Only a small fraction of today's Internet companies will become powerful pistons in the economic engine of society.


by Bob Buford (Foreword to the book published by Zondervan)
We only get one life, and the urgency of getting on with what we’re meant to do increases every day.

Manager's Journal: High Returns amid Low Expectations

The Wall Street Journal
During the late 1990s, executives complained about out-of-whack expectations created by an irrational stock market. Now many of those same people complain about the pressures created by recession, war, terrorism, and a struggling market.

The Misguided Mix-up of Celebrity and Leadership

Conference Board Annual Report, Annual Feature Essay.
Virtually everything our modern culture believes about the type of leadership required to transform our institutions is wrong. It is also dangerous.

Old Economy Companies Learn New Economy Tricks

USA Today
The belief that "new economy" companies will annihilate all "old economy" companies has been replaced with a more realistic view.

The Secret Life of the CEO: Is the Economy Just Built to Flip?

Fast Company
Here's the truth: The problem isn't the market's rise or fall. The problem is people who react to events rather than seek to create something great.

The Secret of Enduring Greatness

That most great institutions fall—and we cannot deny this fact—does not
mean you have to be one of them.

Shareflipping Cheats Shareholders of Real Value

USA Today
Responsibility to shareholders is rapidly becoming an irrelevant concept in our country. Increasingly, corporate ownership lies not in the hands of shareholders, but in the hands of an entirely different species: shareflippers.

The Silicon Valley Paradigm and Why It Won

The Red Herring—Technology and Investing Monthly and Stanford Business Magazine
Jim Collins compares two Silicon Valley business models.

The Timeless Physics of Great Companies

Businessweek (published as "Perspectives: Don't Rewrite the Rules of the Road")
The Internet is a big deal, but electricity was bigger. Building a great company requires adherence to principles predating both.