Leadership Now: Why Tom Peters and Jim Collins Got It Wrong


By Jim Woods @leadersmatter

Think about it. Almost everything we hear about leadership with the exception of a few stories hasn’t changed in 40 years. Even the successful companies noted in popular books such as Tom Peters “In Search of Excellence” and Jim Collins “Good to Great” have slid.

They aren’t the only ones. (Thank you for sharing)

Ditto, Michael McKinney of Leadership Now and Mark Sanborn “The Fred Factor.” So why? People tend to speak about what they know. And what they know has little to do with what follows post Great Recession.

Because the most important element for leaders and managers isn’t setting goals or preaching, “why can’t we all get along” it is uncertainty and complexity which brings about radical competition.

Meaning the radical change in this new “normal” creates commoditzation. Where every advantage that propelled you and your firm successfully is obsolete. Need a real speaker? Learn more. Go>


Leadership proponents fail to note how evasive not to mention impossible sustainable advantage is in a world more in flux than ever before.

Here are my seven issues you should face everyday in every memo, meeting, new hire, customer, process and innovation.

Face the fact that whatever you are making tangible or intangible today competitors can become a serious competitors with little or no money. And no longer require their own manufacturing facilities.

Hire people especially in leadership, management and front-line supervisor roles who have an entrepreneurial spirit.

Eradicate company which leads to beguiling mediocrity positioned to mimic success.

Act like a start-up continually.

Make speed not “tried and true” “Steady as she goes” your approach.

Speed creates energy.

Speed erodes complacency.  Jim

Jim is president of InnoThink Group a competitive strategy and leadership management consulting firm. He has an absolute passion for people development and are constantly refining and adapting his programs in order to ensure that they have the maximum impact on those we serve. – See more at: http://innothinkgroup.com/our-leadership.html

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Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work www.jimwoodsgroup.com. He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website www.jimwoodsgroup.com.

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