Pride Before The Fall

Screen Shot 2013-03-31 at 1.53.36 PMJim Collins in his book, How The Mighty Fall, describes a five-stage framework of institutional decline. The first stage is pride. Pride is a sense of arrogance where success is seen as an entitlement.

A learning organization, by its nature, resists success-by-entitlement. Its resistance rests in asking hard questions: “Who are we?”, and “Why do we exist?”

The answers to those questions … the honest, soul-searching answers … require not only a historical perspective (the past informing the present and future) but an understanding of institutional purpose.

Jim Collins reports pride as a first stage in five-stage framework. It mirrors what was recorded thousands of years ago: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall,” (Proverbs 16:18).

Past and present report that pride is a first step on a slippery downward slope. It is a cautionary note worth heeding.

About drjstewart

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