Good to Great: Social Sectors by Jim Collins


  1. We need to get rid of the barrier between business and the social sector and instead focus on a framework for greatness
Key Takeaways
  1. Unlike normal businesses, money is only an input, not an output, for the social sector
  2. Performance must be measured relative to mission, not financial returns
  3. Greatness is an inherently dynamic process, not an end point
  4. To measure performance, finding the perfect indicator is not what’s important, what is important is settling upon a consistent and intelligent method of assessing your put results and then tracking your trajectory with vigor
  5. Leadership only exists if people follow when they have the freedom not to
  6. Drew Buscareno, executive director at the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, IN was featured
What I got out of it
  1. Good read and I think a good way of looking at the social sector – should be judged on different criteria (it’s mission rather than finances) but the greatness principles still apply

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