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Jim Collins Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Jim Collins
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“It is not the content of a company’s values that correlates with performance, but the strength of conviction with which it holds those values, whatever they might be. ”
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“A culture of discipline is not a principle of business, it is a principle of greatness.”
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“The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you’ve made a hiring mistake. The best people don’t need to be managed. Guided, taught, led–yes. But not tightly managed.”
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“You can be passionate all you want, but if you can’t be the best at it or it doesn’t make economic sense, then you might have a lot of fun, but you won’t produce great results.”
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“If we spend the vast majority of our time with people we love and respect – people we really enjoy being on the bus with and who will never disappoint us – then we will almost certainly have a great life, no matter where the bus goes.”
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“For no matter what we achieve, if we don’t spend the vast majority of our time with people we love and respect, we cannot possibly have a great life.”
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“Consider the idea that charisma can be as much a liability as an asset. Your strength of personality can sow the seeds of problems
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“Take advantage of difficult economic times to hire great people, even if you don’t have a specific job in mind.”
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“Bad decisions made with good intentions, are still bad decisions.”
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“Good is the enemy of great. Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline.”
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“The good-to-great companies made a habit of putting their best people on their best opportunities, not their biggest problems.”
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“The best students are those who never quite believe their professors.”
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“Expending energy trying to motivate people is largely a waste of time… if you have the right people on the bus, they will be self-motivated.”
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“Smart people instinctively understand the dangers of entrusting our future to self-serving leaders who use our institutions, whether in the corporate or social sectors, to advance their own interests.”
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“For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work.”
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“The purpose of bureaucracy is to compensate for incompetence and lack of discipline–a problem that largely goes away if you have the right people in the first place.”
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“Core values are essential for enduring greatness, but it doesn’t seem to matter what those core values are.”
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“We found that for leaders to make something great, their ambition has to be for the greatness of the work and the company, rather than for themselves.”
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“A magazine is simply a device to induce people to read advertising.”
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“The people we interviewed from the good-to-great companies clearly loved what they did, largely because they loved who they did it with.”

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