Driven by relentless curiosity and passion for his work, for more than a quarter of a century Collins has been researching what makes great companies tick. He has authored or co-authored six books that have sold in total more than ten million copies worldwide, including classics such as Good to Great and Built to Last.
Collins began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. But instead of taking a traditional career path in academia, Collins began researching a question of particular personal interest – how some leaders build companies that remain visionary for generations, which became the basis of his 1994 bestseller Built to Last. The success of Built to Last allowed Collins to set up his own management laboratory in Boulder Colorado, and in 2001 he published his second hit Good to Great.
Collins has gone on to publish further bestsellers including How the Mighty Fall and most recently, Great By Choice. In addition to his work in the business sector, Collins has passion for learning and teaching in the social sectors, including education, healthcare, government, faith-based organizations, social ventures, and cause-driven non-profits. He is also an avid and highly accomplished rock climber, completing one-day ascents of the north face of Half Dome and the 3,000 foot south face of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.