Jim Collins Quotes

Why should I know Jim Collins?

American business consultant and author known for the best selling business book Good to Great.

Born January 25, 1958

Books by Jim Collins


Best 15 Quotes by Jim Collins

“Creativity dies in an indisciplined environment.”

Jim Collins

“If you have more than 3 priorities, you don’t have any.”

Jim Collins

“What separates people is not the presence or absence of difficulty, but how they deal with the inevitable difficulties of life.”

Jim Collins

"Advice from John Gardner to Jim Collins" Quotes

“It occurs to me, Jim, that you spend too much time trying to be interesting. Why don't you invest more time being interested?”

Jim Collins
Advice from John Gardner to Jim Collins

"Built to Last" Quotes

“Visionary companies are so clear about what they stand for and what they’re trying to achieve that they simply don’t have room for those unwilling or unable to fit their exacting standards.”

Jim Collins
Built to Last

"Good to Great" Quotes

“A company should limit its growth based on its ability to attract enough of the right people.”

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Good to Great

“By definition, it is not possible to everyone to be above the average.”

Jim Collins
Good to Great

“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.”

Jim Collins
Good to Great

“Great vision without great people is irrelevant.”

Jim Collins
Good to Great

“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.”

Jim Collins
Good to Great

“In the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work.”

Jim Collins
Good to Great

“Letting the wrong people hang around is unfair to all the right people, as they inevitably find themselves compensating for the inadequacies of the wrong people. Worse, it can drive away the best people. Strong performers are intrinsically motivated by performance, and when they see their efforts impeded by carrying extra weight, they eventually become frustrated.”

Jim Collins
Good to Great

“The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you’ve made a hiring mistake.”

Jim Collins
Good to Great

“The purpose of bureaucracy is to compensate for incompetence and lack of discipline.”

Jim Collins
Good to Great

"How the Mighty Fall" Quotes

“Bad decisions made with good intentions, are still bad decisions.”

Jim Collins
How the Mighty Fall