Thursday, December 15, 2005

I'm a bubblehead!

It's official: I won a prize consisting of Jim Collins' Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't and his monograph Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great from inBubbleWrap last week, and I received it by UPS Ground yesterday. Thanks, inBubbleTeam!

I had read a library copy of Good to Great when it first came out, and I'm glad to have a reference copy now as I seek to make Facilitated Systems move past good. What really attracted me, though, was the monograph—seeing Collins' ideas on how certain non-profits have really become great. "Why business thinking is not the answer" is printed above the title. What could that mean?

Read the original to get the full answer, but the key involves developing indicators of output other than profit and then applying the lessons Collins and his team have learned relentlessly in the pursuit of those outputs.

Because I'm interested in Western art music and the process by which it's created, I was especially interested in his description of what The Cleveland Orchestra has done to distinguish itself.

Collins is correct in the preface when he notes that the monograph can be read alone, but readers who read and become familiar with both benefit most. Happy reading (and doing)!

2005-12-21 Update:

As usual, I gave links to Amazon for these two books. I'm an Amazon Associate, which means I get a small cut of what people spend on items they select. To be more gracious in this case, I should have linked to 800ceoread, the group that runs the inBubbleWrap giveaways, for they want to sell books, too. Check out Good to Great and Social Sectors on their site!

Disclaimer: As far as I know, there's no possible connection between my getting these books and my linking to 800ceoread. I won them in their drawing and then, later, came up with the idea to blog about the books. Ryan Schleicher, director of inBubbleWrap, did offer me the links to use after he saw my blog., but I don't believe he's sufficiently prescient (sorry, Ryan!) to know that giving me a book would engender a blog entry that would link back to them.


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