I n H i s Wo r d s : J i m C o l l i n s Favorite Books: I don’t have a favorite; just a favorite at the time. Right now, it’s Michael J. Fox’s books. He got Parkinson’s disease after becoming a successful actor, and his cause found him. He found his Level 5 cause, and now he has unbounded energy to find a cure for the disease. • “Lucky Man: A Memoir.” New York: Hyperion, 2002. ISBN 978-0-7868-6764-6. “Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist.” New York: Hyperion, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4013-0338-9. • “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned.” New York: Hyperion, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4013-2386-8.
Bucket List: I like to think that instead of a bucket list, I have a rolling five-year plan. I wake up in early January and ask this simple question, ‘If you have five years to live, what do you for sure want to get done?’ For me, that is complete my K-12 education study and answer the vexing question of how I can remain renewed well past age 60 and
provide that answer to others. I believe that the most creative and impactful years of your life can begin at age 60. I also fundamentally believe that all kids, no matter what ZIP code they live in, deserves a shot to get the equipment they need to actualize a choice in life. Can’t Live Without (excluding family and friends): Naps, a cup of coffee in the morning and books on tape at three times speed. I listen on Audible at 3X speed. I did the whole Harry Potter that way.
Hardest thing about leadership: People struggle the most with making great people decisions. We all make mistakes, whether it be to hire the wrong person or not to notice the potential in someone. People decisions are filled with angst and emotion. To master the people aspect, you don’t have to be perfect. You just have to know who should be on and off the bus and do it in a way that is deeply respectful and provides dignity to the people you’re guiding. You must be rigorous, but not ruthless in the way you deal with people. Recent book that made him think: “Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe,” by Lisa Randall. It is about the Big Bang Theory and its relationship to dark matter and the universe. It was fascinating.
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