48 minutes | Jun 16, 2021

From Entrepreneur to CEO

Jim Collins is a best-selling author, advisor, teacher, researcher, and expert in the field of business. Over three decades ago, when he was studying at Stanford Business School, Jim wanted to know what makes great companies tick. When he couldn’t find a satisfying answer, he set out to do the research himself. Those early discoveries would launch the beginning of a life-long exploration into uncovering the mysteries of success.  Jim’s unrelenting curiosity has led to a considerable number of transformative findings and inspired the business world to adopt a new lexicon and embrace the novel concepts that emerged from his work. His books, including Good to Great, Built to Last, and, most recently, BE 2.0 (Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0), an upgraded version of an enduring classic, are often thought of as required reading for leaders, entrepreneurs, and anyone searching for answers in business. In 2017, Forbes named Jim as one of the “100 Greatest Living Business Minds.” In This Episode... How can you turn your business into an enduring enterprise? When is the best time to delegate, and where should you take a hands-on approach? Is it possible to transform yourself into the right person to lead your company to the next level? Jim Collins joins Thomas A. Stewart on The Leading Edge — a place where new ideas emerge and are sharpened, and where leaders look to find the edge that brings success for themselves, their teams, and their enterprises. Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great and other best-selling books, began his career studying leaders in young and emerging enterprises — a theme he returns to in his newest book. Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0 is a return to research he began as a young professor with his mentor Bill Lazier, in which they learned that great leadership is not just an art — it is a science whose principles can be studied and learned. Great leaders don’t actually possess innate talents that are elusive to the rest of us. Jim’s research has uncovered learnable techniques and proven strategies to improve your likelihood of success. If you want to turn your organization into something exceptional, don’t rely on luck — transform yourself into the leader it needs to get there.  In this episode of The Leading Edge, Thomas A. Stewart sits down with best-selling author Jim Collins to talk about what it takes to create and lead a great company. Together, they discuss why decisions about people are the most important calls leaders make, what exceptional leadership actually requires, and how self-renewal is a crucial element of success.
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