Jim Collins

Leadership blindspots: when confidence becomes arrogance

Recently, I’ve been noticing that there’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance when it comes to successful people.  As we grow in our careers and move up the ladder, crossing the line between confident ability and overconfident arrogance is one that I think all leaders need to be wary of crossing.  It got me …

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Six lessons in how to interview… from the trenches

Skills and experience get you hired; attitude and behaviour get you fired.  That’s an oft quoted managerism that speaks to the importance of (in Jim Collins’ words) getting the right people on your bus.  Too often, we fall into the trap of using “gut” and surface first impressions (resume, how well the person interviews, rapport) to make …

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Where were VANOC’s red flag mechanisms?

Yesterday’s tragic death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili in a warmup to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics has been ruled by the IOC’s investigative committee as a result of “human error”.  One has to wonder if there’s a little bit of “head in the sand” syndrome happening here. In Jim Collin’s  landmark book, Good to Great, …

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