Jump directly to the Content

Mid-Course Leadership Corrections

I've just finished reading Jim Collins's book Good to Great. It's a business book, but the applications for churches are worth chewing on.

Collins, whose previous book Built to Last brought the concept of BHAGs "Big Hairy Audacious Goals" onto the agendas of countless corporate planning meetings, has managed that all too-rare accomplishment for an author: a sequel that's better than the original.

While Built to Last documented the things that make a strong company's greatness endure, Good to Great (HarperBusiness, 2001) describes what it takes to transform a mediocre organization into one that's truly outstanding. Collins and his team researched the entire Fortune 500 to find the companies whose earnings once mirrored the general market but then improved to consistently outperform the stock market. To be considered "great," a company's stock had to earn more than triple the general stock market for 15 consecutive years. And the companies could not be in hot growth industries.

There were only ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

November
Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
Titles vs. Servanthood
Titles vs. Servanthood
From the Magazine
Actually, God Is Doing an Old Thing
Actually, God Is Doing an Old Thing
In an age of authenticity, we don’t need new words from God so much as we need to repeat what he’s already said.
Editor's Pick
Who Canceled the Apostle Paul?
Who Canceled the Apostle Paul?
Lessons from the first Christian influencer on how to lead when you are hated.
close