Title: Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great by Jim Collins.
Topic: What it takes to be successful in life, in business, and in doing good.
Why you should read it: Collins has a way of writing that hits you over the head (and in the heart) without seeming like he is. He is trying to tell you how to improve and you know that but he says it so reasonably that you can’t help but agree with him. The book really focuses on why non-profits and the like shouldn’t be so business-minded because it can actually be ruining what they are trying to accomplish. But I got a lot more out of it than just that. It also had a feel of life advice, which I am all about. One of the biggest points was defining what greatness means to you and coming up with a tangible plan to track it. And never stop striving to be better than you are. Another mark was the Hedgehog Concept (shown below) to determine what your passion is, what you can be best at, and what drives your resource engine; inclusive in that is the idea that it’s okay to say “no, thank you” to opportunities that don’t fit with the profile of those three points.
This is a great read to learn how to work smarter, not harder.
It’s also actually a companion guide to a large book, Good to Great, but you don’t need to have read that to appreciate the lessons offered in this novella.