Jim Collins is universally revered in management circles and can be quoted chapter and verse for his “get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats on the bus.” In this 2001 best seller, Collins offers his rendition of management layers.
- Level 5 – Level 5 Executive
- Level 4 – Effective Leader
- Level 3 – Competent Manager
- Level 2 – Contributing Team Member
- Level 1 – Highly Capable Individual
What Collins intentionally fails to address is the Management layers at his levels 1-4. It is in layers 1-4 that most companies operate, yet Collins relates that they are “somewhat self-explanatory and are discussed extensively by other authors.”
Collins short shrifts the organization and dwells at the ubiquitous Level 5 Executive. What I find interesting is that the layers he describes in 2001 are almost identical to the Stratum layers described by Elliott’s books and manuscripts dating back to 1952.