Jim Collins, Meet Michael Porter.

Here’s a link to great blog article from the Harvard Business Review blog, posted today.  I always enjoyed Jim Collins’ books on strategy, and of course, Michael Porter is the marketing strategy god we all read in business school.

A great quote from the article for those of that believe that great leadership is a necessary complement to great strategy…

So, is it great by choice…or making great choices? MBA students and their professors tend to divide the world into two separate domains:  people and numbers. There are the “soft” subjects like leadership and organizational behavior, and the “hard” ones like finance, accounting, and operations. Of course this distinction only makes sense in the classroom. All good executives know that the central challenge of performance is seamlessly integrating the two into a working whole. Good strategies do just that. Jim Collins, meet Mike Porter.

Readability meets rigor, and they get along just fine…

Jim Collins, Meet Michael Porter

About Jim Cooper

Jim Cooper is a leadership consultant and executive coach. He is the founder and principal of Ascendent Leadership LLC. Jim focuses his work on helping firms to develop their leadership skills, team effectiveness, and emotional intelligence and to support that development with coaching. He is especially committed to helping leaders deploy coaching skills broadly within their organizations. Jim believes that world class leaders: 1. Understand that true success “is not just about the numbers” 2. Lead from a mindset of serving their teams and enabling their personal growth and success 3. Help their teams see their individual roles as critically linked to the success of the organizations mission, and the success of others that they care about within the organization 4. Focus their teams on building the commitment to excellence and personal growth that make success a habit and truly sustainable over their lives and careers 5. Create a sustainable coaching culture by broadly deploying coaching skills through their leadership ranks.
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