Monday, July 6, 2009

Book #10 - How the Mighty Fall

When I heard Jim Collins had a newly released book, I went to Barnes and Noble as soon as I could to get it. How the Mighty Fall and Why Some Companies Never Give In was the right book at the right time for me.
There are five stages of decline that can be avoided, detected, and reversed if a company, church, or denomination is willing to have eyes that see and ears that hear.
Stage 1: Hubris Born of Success
Stage 2: Undisciplined Pursuit of More
Stage 3: Denial of Risk and Peril
Stage 4: Grasping for Salvation
Stage 5: Capitulation to Irrelevance or Death
This may be a book that is found in the business section, but it should be required reading for every UMC pastor and denominational leader. As I read I kept saying Wow and shaking my head. I am amazed at the clarity that Jim Collins brings to the subjects that he writes about. If you haven't read Good to Great, Good to Great for the Social Sector, or Built to Last, you should put them on the top of your summer reading list.


Tom Beagan said...

Mine just arrived and I am looking forward to reading it on the trips I have in next few weeks.

Chris Whitehead said...

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Greg Cox said...

Picked it up last week, but haven't had the time to crack it open. Looking forward to it. Collins is a great read.