I was unfortunately disappointed with three things:
- first, that the pace is slow... Jim Collins tends to repeat himself a lot, and refer over and over (a little too much for my taste...) to his team and the amount of work that they did
- second , that some of the quoted companies are unfortunately no longer great examples of success (Circuit City is hard to pick today as a success story, and it is even harder to support that Fannie Mae had great business insights...)
- finally that even though Jim wants his approach to be as scientific as can be, he allows himself to repeatedly pick examples way outside of the business world, like war survivors... When he mentioned his wife deciding to run a marathon as an example of "facing the brutal facts", I had to put the book (sorry the audiobook) down...
the pitch and volume of the narrator varied so much that sometimes you could not hear him — if you turned the volume up, other parts would be much too loud
the musical sound under the narrator's voice, at the start of a section, was distracting
It is based off an expansive study of companies that made the transition. You can tell that every detail was vetted and thoroughly researched. Too many business books today are based of opinion with little fact to support key points. This not only provides substantial evidence, but also great examples of real companies that have become 'great'
I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.
amazing, inspirational, unbelieveable
Selling off all the paper mills which was the bread and butter for the company
Jim brought his book to the masses. I do not think anyone else could read it and bring that much power into it.
A book about amazing companies you have to be kidding. The only reason why I might cry is that I didn't own any of them
The author put readers comments in the recording to clarify points and emphasis points.
Level 5 leaders
It made me think
If you ever read a book in this genre, you would be enjoying some info, but won't be blown away by the content.
I enjoyed the book, but can't say I'll recommend others to read it before they read many others.
That said, if you are a head of a big company, and are interested in the numbers big companies generated in the last 100 years, you might find it very interesting.
I would say, a lot of info, but not enough heart for my taste.
Great book, timeless ideals. It is too bad some of the great companies have gone bad...
It was good to have Jim Collins reading it. Some of the time he referenced material that has been updated since the original publication date, which made it a more enjoyable listen. Having the author read the story is usually a good thing in my mind.
While this is a business principle book, I enjoyed Collins account of Admiral Stockdale and how his world view affected his ability to cope with being a POW and how that should impact the way we all think.
Liked the personal stories and perspective.
Sure, but who has that much time?!
This book highlighted how a good company can become great and the inherent principles observed by great companies. Furthermore, Jim Collins and his research team break the book down to an understandable but more importantly applicable set of principles that a man or woman can apply to their daily lives. I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to change their companies or their lives from good to great.
Audiobook customers don't get the appendix section which has a lot of useful references.