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Next to Built to Last

There’s a great interview in Knowledge@Wharton today with Mark Thompson and Stewart Emery, co-authors of Success Built to Last, which they wrote with Jerry Porras — who wrote Built to Last with Jim Collins. (Phew! What a tangled web of authorship.)

The piece, How Successful People Stay Successful considers how the new book amplifies on the ideas and findings of the previous work: Can the characteristics of successful businesses also be applied to people? Are there common characteristics among those who are consistently successful?

The answer, it seems, is yes. A couple of the qualities mentioned in the Q&A mirror those outlined by James Champy in his 2003 essay The Hidden Qualities of Great Leaders. Maybe the elements of success are more universal than we think!

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