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#361: Jim Collins — A Rare Interview with a Reclusive Polymath

#361: Jim Collins — A Rare Interview with a Reclusive Polymath

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Jim Collins — A Rare Interview with a Reclusive Polymath | Brought to you by Peloton and LinkedIn Jobs.

"I'm not really a business author; I just happen to have used companies as the method to study human systems because there's great data." — Jim Collins

My guest for this episode is the incredible (and somewhat reclusive) Jim Collins.

This was a rare treat, as Jim rarely does any media or interviews. I’ve wanted to speak with him for more than a decade, and it was worth the wait. This conversation overdelivered on every level. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

So, who is Jim Collins?

Jim Collins (jimcollins.com) is a student and teacher of what makes great companies tick, and a Socratic advisor to leaders in the business and social sectors. He has authored or coauthored eight books that have together sold 10+ million copies worldwide, including Good to Great, Good to Great and the Social Sectors, Built to Last, How the Mighty Fall, Great by Choice, and his newest work, Turning the Flywheel.

Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado.

In 2017, Forbes selected Jim as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds.

Jim is also an avid rock climber and has completed single-day ascents of El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite Valley.

Enjoy!

Click here for the show notes for this episode.

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Comments (4)

Brad Murray

That was a great interview, good flow and I learned more about decision making. Thanks!

Dec 5th
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Kevin Paige

One of the few podcasts I listened to twice due to desire, density of profiund yet practical concepts, and a sense of gratitude of being able to share in such an amazing experience I would otherwise have no access to. The audio could have been better, but with all I took away it was a huge net positive.

Mar 5th
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Dan Rioux

Great interview. I took more notes during this podcast than ever before. thx Tim and Jim.

Mar 5th
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Nate Fogg

Arrghh, the audio. Is just me or does it keep cutting out awfully?

Feb 27th
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#361: Jim Collins — A Rare Interview with a Reclusive Polymath

#361: Jim Collins — A Rare Interview with a Reclusive Polymath