Marine photograper, turned Embassy Officer, now USAF Public Affairs
I love David McCullough's narration because it feels like I'm just chatting with someone at a bar or near a camp fire. I love Jim Collins work and it breaks through a lot of previous stereotypes about "show horse" CEOs and the obsession with technological advances in business. I would have enjoyed listening to this more if he just talked like he was talking with his sibling over dinner.
While the narration is a bit over-enunciated, it is clear and easy to follow. To be fair, Jim's profession isn't narration, it's research.
I love the way this book brings out all kinda of characters and history I'd never known about great companies and how it weaves all those individual anecdotes in a greater theory about what makes great companies great. I read this book based on the recommendation from the author of Delivering Happiness because the Zappos CEO said this book was one of the most influential books he had read. I also love it because it really makes it seem like the data supports the idea that nice guys (level 5) and not arrogant asterisk types finish first. Good story, great message. I love it!
Good but dry
Probably that the discovery that compensation had no correlation between how great or not so great a company was.
A little bit more personality/excitement
This was a book recommended to me so I wasn't really sure what to expect. I had just gotten done listening to the 10x Rule by Grant Cardone and was probably still on that adrenaline rush. I will have to listen to it again sometime.
Overall satisfying & great story
Would love to have a follow up in 10 years
simple answers brought from the data
No, they are a matched pair. The book carries all the graphs and information to remember the many aspects of the book. However, the audible book is an excellent pairing to get through the book while driving, working out, walking, etc.
Jim Collins reads very well and their are extra stories here that are not in the book. It is a personal touch that makes the book feel much more engaging.
This book was great at getting me to think. the performance was rough at first but by the end i enjoyed the way Jim Collins was so frank and interactive in his reading.
A Must Read!
Yes, the principles are tried and true, and can be easily replicated with minimal business aptitude.
The simplistic explanation of the Hedgehog Principle and how it focuses on what your strengths are.
The importance of how it relates to basic business premise.
Conformed No More.
Developing the person who I can make the greatest impact on - Me.
Jim Collins really is enjoyable to listen to, the way he reads is the way he intended this book to be read, the passion and enthusiasm he puts forward during the read makes this audio engaging and exciting. I continue to listen to this over and over.
The fact based findings and how simple it is to see how companies make the leap from Good to Great.
This is my first listen but I will be enjoying many more since having picked this up.
The flywheel and the doom loop highlight some particular areas where I can improve as an individual
I really enjoyed the book. I'm glad Collins took the time to explain his research methods, because he makes it very clear that the information in the book is well thought out and worth listening to.
Great examples, great research methods, clearly presented.
As the book's author, he took the time to add extra thoughts that were not in the print edition. You can tell that he loves the work he did and that he is very passionate about it.
This was my first audiobook I've ever listened to and the experience was great. I think I'm hooked!
This book describes what traits and characteristics great leaders have in common is does this with great stories about the companies and leaders themselves. A must read for all business people and people who aspire to be a leader. Heck at a minimum it will help you judge what type of leader your own boss or CEO is.. maybe it is time to look for greener pastures or stay where you are ......
Yes. It is a great book for people in leadership roles.
Key points to becoming a level 5 leader
The descriptions of the business successes and failures