A Culture of Discipline Chapter 6 - Good to Great by Jim Collins

What is discipline?

  • "The practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.

What is culture?

  • "The customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group."
Build a culture full of people who take disciplined action within the three circles, fanatically consistent with the Hedgehog Concept.
  1. Build a culture around the idea of freedom and responsibility, within a framework
  2. Fill that culture with self-disciplined people who are willing to go to extreme lengths to fulfill their responsibilities. They will "rinse their cottage cheese."
  3. Don't confuse a culture of discipline with a tyrannical disciplinarian.
  4. Adhere with great consistency to the Hedgehog Concept, exercising an almost religious focus on the intersection of the three circles. Equally important, create a "stop doing list" and systematically unplug anything extraneous.
Build a culture around the idea of freedom and responsibility, within a framework
  • Good-to-great companies build consistent systems with clear constraints
  • Highly-developed systems are the bedrock of creating a culture of discipline
  • Along with the foundation of understanding the freedom and responsibility within that system
Fill that culture with self-disciplined people who are willing to go to extreme lengths to fulfill their responsibilities. They will "rinse their cottage cheese."
  • Do not lack the discipline to rinse your cottage cheese
  • Do whatever it takes to become the best within your Hedgehog Concept and seek to continually improve
  • Wells fargo in contrast to Bank of America
  • "There's too much waste in banking. Getting rid of it takes tenacity, not brilliance." - Carl E. Reichardt
  • Why rinse your cottage cheese if your life is good?
Don't confuse a culture of discipline with a tyrannical disciplinarian.
  • Build an enduring culture of discipline, not a personally disciplined organization.
  • Leaders must train their culture to remain disciplined even after their departure
  • Yes, discipline is essential for great results, but disciplined action without disciplined understanding of the tree circles cannot produce sustained great results.
Adhere with great consistency to the Hedgehog Concept, exercising an almost religious focus on the intersection of the three circles. Equally important, create a "stop doing list" and systematically unplug anything extraneous.
  • "Anything that does not fit with our Hedgehog Concept, we will not do..." The Pitney Bowes company
  • It takes discipline to say no to big opportunities. The fact that something is a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" is irrelevant if it doesn't fit within the three circles."
  • Create a "stop doing list"

Bibliography

Collins, James C. Good To Great. 1st ed. New York, NY: HarperBusiness, 2001. Print.

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