November 4, 2008
News & Opinion: Michigan Tech's President Likes Collin's Good To Great
I received the autumn issue of Michigan Tech Magazine (a publication of my alma mater) and it contains a Q&A with MTU President Glenn Mroz. The Q that matters for the audience here is:
For alumni, if you could recommend one book to them, what would it be and why?
I guess it would be Good To Great by Jim Collins. It's built on some principles that have really helped me and the executive team. Make sure you pay attention to what you are good at. Make sure you pay attentions to what drives the economic engine of the organization. You have to think about what you rally have a passion for.
One of the principles that was key early on [and in Good To Great.] was the Stockdale principle: "You never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end--which you can never afford to lose--with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be." That may be a little negative, but it's real.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.