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James C. Collins Quotes

The most effective leaders of companies in transition are the quiet, unassuming people whose inner wiring is such that the worst circumstances bring out their best. Theyre unflappable, theyre ready to die if they have to. But you can trust that, when bad things are happening, they will become clearheaded and focused.
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You absolutely cannot make a series of good decisions without first confronting the brutal facts. The good-to-great companies operated in accordance with this principle, and the comparison companies generally did not.

— James C. Collins

Bureaucratic cultures arise to compensate for incompetence and lack of discipline, which arise from having the wrong people on the bus in the first place.

— James C. Collins

Discipline is the greatest thing in the world. Where there is no discipline, there is no character. And without character, there is no progress ...

— James C. Collins

Enduring great companies don't exist merely to deliver returns to shareholders. Indeed, in a truly great company, profits and cash flow become like blood and water to a healthy body: They are absolutely essential for life, but they are not the very point of life.

— James C. Collins

If you have a charismatic cause you don't need to be a charismatic leader.

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Be rigorous about your HR decisions. There is a difference between rigorous and ruthless.

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Some managers are uncomfotable with expressing emotion about their dreams, but it's the passion and emotion that will attract and motivate others.

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Building a visionary company requires one percent vision and 99 percent alignment.

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If we allow the celebrity rock-star model of leadership to triumph, we will see the decline of corporations and institutions of all types. The twentieth century was a century of greatness, but we face the very real prospect that the next century will see very few enduring great institutions.

— James C. Collins

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