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Within minutes of picking up Jim Collins‘ leadership classic, From Good to Great, I was struck by the list of model companies:

  1. Abbot: Never heard of them
  2. Circuit City: Bankrupt and liquidated
  3. Fannie Mae: Sadly in turmoil
  4. Gillette: Merged with Proctor and Gamble
  5. Kimberly-Clark: Do they make groceries?
  6. Kroger: Like the Wegmans of the South?
  7. Nucor: Who?
  8. Philip Morris: Yes, I know who they are
  9. Pitney Bowes: Have they handled the digital revolution?
  10. Walgreens: Still successful
  11. Wells Fargo: Here’s one of many negative stories
I immediately recognized some of the eleven for very negative coverage.Paul wisely warned of the passing value of financial success and the mistake many people make relying upon money in1 Timothy 6:10.It’s a lot harder finding positive examples that last than negative ones!
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