Jim Collins and Social Sector

WSJ writes about the author of “Good to Great”:

Now Mr. Collins is reworking his ideas about how to set goals, build teams and achieve lasting growth. The adjustments are based on 2 years of studying police departments, symphony orchestras and other “social sector” entities — and most are aimed at nonbusiness leaders. But he argues that some principles apply to corporate bosses, too.

In perhaps the biggest switch, Mr. Collins now says that great leadership involves not just his traditional virtues, but also the prosaic, City Hall knack of cobbling together coalitions to get things done. He calls this “legislative leadership,” built upon persuasion, political currency and shared interests.

Such skills are especially vital in nonbusiness settings, Mr. Collins argues in a newly published pamphlet titled “Good to Great and the Social Sectors.” People running hospitals, schools or similar organizations can’t launch projects, fire people or overhaul budgets at will. Instead, they must work with other power centers, such as politicians, teaching faculties and financial backers to make progress.

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Rajesh Jain

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