Built to Last

The Essentials of Stretch Goals

March 8, 2017

In Beyond Performance Management, Jeremy Hope and Steve Player recommend key practices to achieve superior performance. For example, how to use stretch goals that are “invariably based on negotiating short-term fixed targets and have recently become more pervasive in both…

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The Re-Education of Jim Collins

September 29, 2015

The author or co-author of Good to Great, Built to Last, How the Mighty Fall, and Great by Choice went to West Point to teach leadership. Instead, he was the one who got schooled. Here is a brief excerpt from…

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The Three Laws of Performance: A book review by Bob Morris

February 29, 2012

The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan Jossey-Bass/A Wiley Imprint (2011) A 21st century version of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave In his comments in the “Editor’s Note”…

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Stretch Goals: Do’s & Don’ts

January 26, 2012

In Built to Last, Jim Collins and Jerry Porras urge business leaders to set what they characterize as BHAGs: Big Hairy Audacious Goals. That is, an “audacious 10-to-30-year goal to progress toward an envisioned future.” A true BHAG is clear…

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The 10X Rule: A book review by Bob Morris

January 24, 2012

The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure Grant Cardone John Wiley & Sons (2011) How to increase sustainable fulfillment of human potentialities, one’s own as well as those of others Many years ago, I read a book…

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Great by Choice: A book review by Bob Morris

October 12, 2011

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – Why Some Companies Thrive Despite Them All Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen Harper Business/A HarperCollins Imprint (2011) Additional and even more valuable revelations about “the principles that distinguish great organizations from…

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Jim Collins: An interview by Bob Morris

October 6, 2011

Collins is a student of enduring great companies — how they grow, how they attain superior performance, and how good companies can become great companies. Having invested more than a decade of research into the topic, Jim has co-authored four…

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Kevin Maney: Second Interview, by Bob Morris

September 19, 2011

  In his own words…. I’ve had a long career as a journalist and author. Lately, I’ve added a new hat: I’ve joined VSA Partners as its Editorial Director. The plan is to marry business to big-think journalism in a way that hopefully helps…

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Finding a Piece That Fits

August 21, 2011

Here is another lively and informative article from the folks at the Drucker Exchange (Dx). It is a platform for bettering society through effective management and responsible leadership. It is sponsored and supported by the Drucker Institute, a think tank…

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