Especially given that I’ve got to be up early for meetings in London tomorrow (erm, today now actually) I’ve just spent far more time than I should have done browsing through some of his recent posts, but it’s seriously good stuff.
These two posts, in particular, are absolute corkers, updating Jim Collins’ biz book classic, Good to Great, and putting forward the hypothesis that the real opportunities for business in 21st century lie in going from Great to Good:
As Umair explains:
Going from great to good is the single most disruptive move a country, company, or person can make today…
Call it the First Law of 21st Century Economics: today’s great challenge isn’t making the same old toxic junk, whether CDOs, Hummers, or soda, more efficiently — it’s making stuff that’s not toxic junk in the first place. That’s the challenge of going from great to good — and becoming a ‘Constructive Capitalist’.
As Pepsi, Microsoft, GM, Wall Street, and, well, America itself are discovering: merely being great isn’t good enough anymore. Good is better than great. Many are great. But very, very few are good.
Couldn’t agree more!