Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay recommends Jim Collins' 'Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't'

A study of companies that made a remarkable advance and sustained those results for at least 15 years.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't“As a business person, I enjoyed the book anyway. But now as a politician, I found that many of its conclusions can also apply to political parties and, indeed, Canada.  Among the lessons?  In leadership styles, personal humility was surprisingly key. Ambition was also critical, but for the company, not personal.  People are key, but it’s critical to gather the right people, who need to operate in a culture of self-discipline—not where one person “disciplines” the rest. Passion is fundamental, but so to is an honest determination of what you can be the best at—not what you want to be best at, rather what you can be best at. ”

Hall Findlay is currently the Official Opposition Critic for Public Works and Government Services

Looking for more?

Get the Best of Maclean's sent straight to your inbox. Sign up for news, commentary and analysis.