Clock building, not time telling?

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  • AnythingGoes

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    English - USA (Midwest/Appalachia)
    The text you quoted doesn't appear on the linked page. I see the following if I click "Load more":
    Having a great idea or being a charismatic visionary leader is “time telling”; building a company that can prosper far beyond the presence of any single leader and through multiple product life cycles is “clock building".
    James C. Collins, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

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    Senior Member
    English - US
    Having one idea is like telling time "It's 9:38." You know what time it is in that moment, but that moment passes.
    Having a company is having a clock. You always know what time it is as long as the clock exists.
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