Collins' latest book, How the Mighty Fall, examines some companies who have fallen from the top and plots their fall through the five stages of decline I have listed below. In the coming days I'll post specifically on some of these stages and discuss their relevance to educational leaders. For now, though, I simply want to share the five stages Collins has identified through his research and provide some anecdotal evidence about the relevance of this book for educators.
Collins, after much research, has identified the following five stages through which failing companies (and organizations) move on the way from the top to the proverbial bottom of the barrel.
As a footnote, if you're already familiar with Collins and his Good to Great concepts, you can jump right into this book; however, I recommend, just as a refresher, starting in the Appendix which serves as a recap of the Good to Great model.