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Confront the Brutal Facts

Confront the brutal facts

A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune.


We look now to what Collins (2001) termed “confront the brutal facts.” His study of successful CEOs found that the Level 5 Executives of Good to Great companies maintained firm belief that the company can and will be successful in the end, regardless of the difficulties that they might face. It is a duality best explained by a brief discussion of the story of Admiral Jim Stockdale. He was a prisoner of war at the Hoa Loa (“fiery furnace”) Prison, known ironically as the Hanoi Hilton, during the Vietnam War. When Jim Collins himself asked Stockdale how he was able to survive the ordeal, he ...

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