Collins is a smart guy, no doubt about it. What makes this book stand out is Collins' high energy narration, as if he is on stage in front of you. As to how the mighty fall, there's nothing new, beyond the common pitfalls we regularly see. If you have never read a management book, this one is as good as any other. If you have some experience in corporate America, there's little for you here.
I thought the material in the book was adequate, but the narration just grated on me by the time the book was finished. I just do not believe a book on this topic needs a narrator providing a dramatic reading and sometimes literally yelling the words.
Some people might describe it as enthusiastic and emotional. I found it very distracting and unpleasant. Sometimes it is best if the author does not narrate the book. It is a business book, not a thriller.
I loved every minute of Good to Great, and loved every minute of this book just as much. I am a business junky, and live to learn, I always gain knowledge and hopefully some wisdom from Jim Collins.
Typical quality of Jim Collins. Although some people say that Jim over reacts when reading the book, I found it entertaining. It met my expectations even though it is a short book.
After "Good to Great", "Built to Last", and "Great by Choice" I had some high standards. Those books were worth reading and packed full of research. First, I don't know if "How the Mighty Fall" has stood the test of time in its conclusions. Second, this book seemed like something thrown together in a weekend. I wish I hadn't wasted my time.
Another great bit of research by Jim Collins and his team and very well presented using Jims' usual style of analogies and metaphors.
However, it is not up to the standards of Good to Great or Great by Choice. I've listened to his books in the wrong order and there is a deal of repetition from Good to Great and obviously Jim was deep into research data for Great by Choice when this was written.
Despite being the weakest book, it is still a great listen. You simply have to
love the work this guy does and his narration is full of energy and enthusiasm as usual.
Because of the repetition and this not being as good as his other books and the relatively steep price tag, I gave the story a 4 star rating instead of 5.
Overall this was a good book and great to listen to. Narration was great and story line examples were interesting. it passed the time but was nothing close to "Great by Choice" which was in my opinion a much greater book.
I'm a seasoned leader and strategist. I'm an expert in communication, sales and marketing, customer service and training.
I first read, then later listened to this book many years ago. This is a book that I have come back to several times, largely to find a paragraph to share with someone. There are times that I come back to re-read / litem to the book again to review where I see us being, and if there are danger signs on the horizon. A great read, from a wonderful author - a must for any leader!