Clubs can be great too

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Author Jim Collins addresses the 2019 Kiwanis International convention audience.

Author Jim Collins wrote his best-selling book “Good to Great” to inspire companies to seek higher levels of excellence. At the 2019 Kiwanis International Convention, he suggested that Kiwanians may find that many of his concepts can be beneficial to their clubs. Here are three examples he mentioned during his convention remarks, taken from “Turning the Flywheel.”

The Hedgehog Concept
Look at what your club is passionate about, what you can be the best in the world at and what drives your economic or resource engine. Examine how these three “circles” intersection one another.

Extending the flywheel
Successful businesses — and clubs — tend to make big bets, but only after they’d validated a pay-off. 

Stay on the flywheel
Once-great companies failed to confront the brutal facts and strayed beyond the three circles of the Hedgehog Concept, extending themselves into activities beyond their capabilities. “They subvert discipline with bureaucracy,” Collins wrote in “Turning the Flywheel.”

These principles,” he explained, have application within every Kiwanis club. Customize them to your needs.


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