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Don't Give In!

Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great, has a new book out on the fall of great companies. The book is called, How the Mighty Fall. It charts the progress of how companies start as movements. Those movements turn into institutions. And then those institutions fall into decline. Although this pattern is charted for companies this same trajectory holds true for churches and ministries.

According to Collins' research, here’s what the slippery slope toward decline looks like:

Stage 1: Hubris Born of Success Stage

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

Decline, it turns out, is largely self-inflicted. Although Collins’ research emphasizes that some organizations do recover. Actually in some cases, coming back even stronger, even after having crashed into the depths of Stage 4.

So this is a book about hope...failures are not entirely fatal. The mighty can fall, but they can often rise again.

(ht: World Changers)


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