Save time on the go with this concise summary, and explore key quotations from Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras.
Imagine discovering what successful people have in common, distilling it into a set of simple practices, and using them to transform your company, your career, and your life. Written by three thought leaders in organizational development and self-improvement, including Built to Last co-author Jerry Porras, Success Built to Last challenges conventional wisdom at every step. It draws on face-to-face, unscripted conversations with hundreds of remarkable human beings from around the world.
"Find your passion"
Embrace your flaws and weaknesses-and transform them into the building blocks of greatness! We expect our heroes to be perfect, despite overwhelming evidence they never are. The ancient Greeks had no such expectations. It wouldn't be Greek mythology if the heroes weren't deeply flawed. And get this-there was no cure! Only if the hero recognized his weakness would the story end well.
"This gives me hope"
How do you build a company of enduring greatness? Jerry Porras contends that a strong core ideology and the persistent drive for progress are fundamental to the process. Having studied the life history of 18 visionary companies, he offers six key mechanisms that these companies use to preserve their core and stimulate innovation and change. He debunks the myth of the charismatic leader and concludes that all firms can use his findings to improve their organizational performance.
As conventionally defined, "balance" doesn't matter. Passion does. Learn how to find it-and start living it!CEOs and Nobel laureates don't have "balance". The Dalai Lama doesn't. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mother Teresa didn't. Enduringly successful people, many living lives that are gifts to the world, don't raise balance as a major issue. Not because they've handled it masterfully - but ecause they're busy doing what matters to them.
Try, fail, try again, win small, win a bit bigger, dig deeper inside...and do more than you ever imagined you could! Maybe you thought you'd wait to tackle your passion when you had more self-confidence. Do the work, accomplish something and, voila, you'll gain that confidence. Marva Collins doesn't advise parents, kids, and teachers to wait for self-confidence, or to believe success is an entitlement. Self-esteem is overrated: it's about effort.
Credibility; confidence; integrity; and strength – these are the keys to success in every aspect of your life. Let the expert authors from FT Press, including Jerry Porras and Stewart Emery, share their experiences on achieving success.
Discover your lifelong obsession: the passion that creates meaning you'll never want to escape from! Whether it's British Airways, Coca-Cola, or NASA, whenever the old guard takes its eye off the prize, Richard Branson feels a moral obligation to set the big guy's platform on fire. You have to admire billionaires like this. What keeps them so passionately involved even after they've long since "arrived"?
How to use carefully calibrated, constructive confrontation to ignite your team's best, most passionate, most creative ideas.The best thing you can do about contention is throw fuel on the flames. You heard it right. Contention is something enduringly successful people actually seek out: gloves-off, brutally frank dialogue. These "naked conversations" are not intended to be personally abusive. The focus is on issues, not people.