This week I'll be sharing some nuggets with you from Jim Collins' Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0.
I would like to unpack my thoughts on Chapter 2: “Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” Core theme: culture eats strategy for breakfast. You can’t do all the things you want to do, if you don't have the right people on the bus. This is one of Collins’ core tenets.
But what he talks about in this particular chapter, is also the subject of starting with self - as we know, the journey towards leadership starts with self. You have to start with what's going on for you, before you can lead others. He talks about Apple & should they even be in there as an example – when the book was first written in the mid 90s, Apple was heading for self-destruction.
Steve Jobs, when he started that show, you don’t confuse that guy with the guy that built Apple of the later years, right? That first Steve Jobs, that younger iteration, was a megalomaniac that went on talent and guts, and that was the early-stage entrepreneurial journey. But the Steve Jobs that came back and took Apple into this incredible machine that it is now...that was a different person. He was more of a level five leader, which is a big part of the Collins’ methodology.
As the owner or the founder, you eventually get somebody that's a proper manager to take over and run the business for you, right? A proper business person? Take it to the next level?
But you should also be very clear about building yourself, your own capability and that you can also be that leader. 60% of Apple's value that we have today, which is one of the most valuable companies in the world, was created in the decade after Steve Jobs passed. He got it right to be a level five leader.
The core nugget out of that chapter is: if you want to grow your people, first grow yourself. The growing journey is always with self, first and foremost.