Jim Collins’ 10 Top Things To Do

In an awesome and inspiring conference speech this morning, Jim Collins introduced us to the concept of Greatness by Choice.

To close his speech, he offered 10 things to do if you want to maximise your own (company) greatness.


1 Create a pocket of greatness on your own bus – a place where people can surpass the 4 levels of goodness (described in my other post) and become great

2 Put the right people in the right seats on your bus

3 Multiple your question rate: Learn to listen more, focus more on asking and less on talking

4 Confront the brutal facts. Don’t assess them. Drop your ego and just look at the facts. Regularly. Together.

5 Find and focus on your personal hedgehog – the thing you are passionate about, your top strength, that drives revenue

6 Commit to a 20 mile march… Not more. Know where you will stop. Be disciplined in sticking to the plan, even when its tough and certainly when its easy. Allocate your time and control how you spend it.

7 Get a high return on your next luck event …Luck happen to everyone, food and bad. Knowing what to do when it comes will make all the difference. Collins adds that you should know who is your “luck-rock” and cherish that relationship.

8 Develop and use a stop-doing list. Know what you WILL NOT do.

9 Create pockets of quietude in order to think (white space in your calendar)

10 Set a personal vision composed of 3 parts:

  • Your core values of a lifetime, that you would pass on to multiple generations
  • A clear vision of what you want to add to the world, such that it was worth having you in it
  • Have a Big Hairy Audacious Goal

Thanks Jim!


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About Dan Steer

Wandering corporate trainer, learning and development consultant, conference speaker and professional El-Magico. I help people get better at stuff by creating and facilitating Infinite Learning © opportunities. The world would be a better place if everyone was doing what he loved and doing it well. I am working to bring out the "El Magico" in everybody. Training in presentation and communication skills, leadership, social media for learning and marketing, learning and development management + personal effectiveness.

Posted on May 7, 2012, in Self-Effectiveness and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

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