Ep 113: Taking Nonprofits From Good to Great – Part 1 (with Jim Collins)

nonprofits are messyMy guest today, best selling author Jim Collins, literally wrote the book on how to navigate a path from good to great and I could not be more excited to have him on the podcast!

In fact, I believe that Jim’s monograph, Good to Great and the Social Sectors, should be put in the hands of every new executive director and board chair.

I talk about this short book all the time in the Nonprofit Leadership Lab, my online education and community portal for leaders of smaller nonprofits, and it’s required reading for my class at The Annenberg School at UPenn in Nonprofit Communications Strategy. I make sure all of my clients read it too.

Jim joins me today to explain the principles of greatness and what’s unique about them in social sector organizations. His stance on creating a culture of discipline is truly transformational. Crisis can bring an organization together and create focus on what matters – or it can bring doom and gloom. Which camp does your organization fall into?

What choices would a nonprofit need to make, and what kind of leadership would it demand, to emerge from this crisis stronger?

You won’t want to miss this podcast to ignite your mission flame.

About Jim Collins

Jim Collins is a student and teacher of what makes great companies tick, and a Socratic advisor to leaders in the business and social sectors. He has authored or coauthored six books that have together sold 10+ million copies worldwide, including Good to Great, Good to Great and the Social Sectors, Built to Last, How the Mighty Fall, Great by Choice, and his most recent work Turning the Flywheel published in February 2019.
Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. In 2017, Forbes selected Jim as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds. Jim, an avid rock climber for more than forty years, has completed single-day ascents of El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite Valley.