To paraphrase Jim Collins…


What’s truly interesting – the book’s complete title is: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t.  This article is dedicated to continuing the discussion of why some leaders make the LEAP to a great career and others don’t.

In direct conflict with popular beliefs, the ability to Achieve a Great Career will not require you to engage in excessive but meaningless NETWORKING; you don’t need to think up a cute tagline; you don’t even need great social media prowess.

To Achieve a Great Career, you do need to:

Remember – the title of the article is “Good is the Enemy of Great”.  If you are currently enjoying a ‘good’ satisfying career and you feel a measure of fulfillment, worth, meaning and you are serving others – then maybe good is good enough for you.

On the other hand, if you feel that there is a greater challenge for you that you have not yet achieved or even defined, then a closer look at Collins’ prescription for moving a company from good to great might provide a career development prescription for moving your career from Good to Great.

In his book, Collins identifies six components that must be in place for moving a company from Good to Great.  These components include: Level 5 Leadership; First Who, Then What; Confront the Brutal Facts; the Hedgehog Concept; forming a Culture of Discipline and utilizing Technology Accelerators.

To provide you with an understanding of how you might better utilize these concepts, in the table below the six components are listed; the Good to Great definition or essential ingredient is summarized and the equivalent Career Essential Ingredient is identified.

The Good to Great (G2G) Prescription 

If you are interested in moving your career from Good to Great, using a variation of Six Components espoused by Jim Collins is an excellent place to start. Over the next few weeks, I will periodically come back to this Achieving a Great Career theme and provide the ‘how tos’ for each of the G2G-Based Career Essential Ingredients.

A Question for you to consider:

  • What would it take for you to move your career from Good to Great?

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Christine M. Glasco consults to company executives, business owners and non-profit leaders on career management/career transformation strategies and strategic leadership development solutions. To provide you with clarity on how to achieve the next steps in your career, go to and request a complimentary copy of Is Your Career on Track? Assessment and e-Workbook

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