Good To Great is a book for people looking for success - to take that step towards greatness. Despite it mainly be aimed at companies, I feel as an individual there is plenty you can take from it. For that reason, I have included the eight key points to take away from the book - enjoy!
1. Great leaders have humility and professional resolve
They are not focused on self rewards, instead they are driven to see their company be successful as they want to put their company first.
2. Hire/work with the right people
Companies are only as good as their employees. To be successful, you must identify and work with the best people available. The right people are your biggest asset, so pick the right recruitment company to work with.
3. Must find brutal facts and difficulty realties in order to overcome them
When doing this, you must believe you can overcome this and it will make you better because of it. The biggest recommendation to achieve this is, don't work with 'Yes' people and be transparent, honest and direct in your actions/communication.
4. Find what you're best at and stick to it
Companies and individuals often stick with what they're known for or what they have been doing for years but this may not be the best decision going forwards. Instead, they must find what their core competency is and ensure they stick to it.
5. Be self-disciplined
The right people are self motivated and focused on the company's and their goals. This means there won't be a need for discipline or incentives which may cause distraction or resources that can be used elsewhere.
6. Use technology to accelerate your goals
Technology should be used to accelerate and build on the individuals or company's success. Positive financial results are often dependent on the success and efficiency of the technology that is acquired and used.
7. Be persistent, patient and consistent
Going from good to great doesn't happen over night. Instead, it requires patient effort in order to achieve it over time.
8. All the principles are timeless
Economies are always changing and moving. There is always another challenge. However, the principles that 'Good to Great' provide are timeless as laws, regulations and people change - you can still use the principles provided to reach a level of greatness.