Yes, I think it is a great research book. It puts a different twist on understanding great companies and how they stay successful.
The story about Jack Eckerd and Cork Walgreen.
Principals of leadership and the role humility plays.
Yes, it was really sad to think that Jack Eckerd while in his prime was still searching for answers when if he had soul searched and applied his faith to his company, Eckerd Drugs would still be remembered today.
After reading this book I have invested in Wells Fargo.
Out of all the books I have listened to on Audible so far, this one was the most interesting and relevant. Jim Collins does an excellent job at narrating.
I found this a very interesting book that I could apply the principles to my work as a first line manager and in my personal life. I found that some of the things he was talking about for the comparative companies was how I was operating in my job and in my life. I can already see differences in performance in my department just my implementing a few basic ideas from this book.
The author narrates this book. In that he sort of lectures but clearly interjects and adds commentary beyond the content of the book.
As an academic I really appreciate the data behind the book. Many leadership books start backwards, with the goal rather than the data. Dr. Collins and his group let the data speak and simply interpreted what the data was saying. Excellent job. Excellent examples of both level 5 and lesser leadership. My dilemma now .... can I be a level 5, will my work have a legacy?
This book is worth the listen. The ideas and insights offered are great. Getting to them through the author's over explaining, and sometimes just narrating like his audience is a second grade class can try your patience.
I love this book. It exceeded my expectations. I recommend it without reservations. (You may consider this your Business Bible. A must for every great company, organization, business, school or individual.)
This book is wonderful for anyone looking to improve their personal or professional manangement skills. The title makes this sound like a "buisness" book but spends alot of time on the people and culture of the companies and how that can be duplicated in everyday life.
I had heard this book had great info in it, but dry to read. Listening was a great way to get the info. The author's passion for this topic draws you in, given he reads it, and it engages you in the story. Recommend it!
Depressing to know some of the touted companies in this book no longer exist; I guess that is the next book, "Good to Great, To Bust!" All in all it was another attempt to categorize techniques and environment to predict the future outcome of corporations. I strongly suggest reading "Black Swan" and "Outliers" before you buy into this BS. Even with the best leadership and business model, tomorrow is never promised. While you are in a leadership position, you should strive to derive knowledge and increase your natural abilities to lead the organization. If luck and timing are on your side, you and the corporation will do well; if not, you’re both screwed. You have to develop the wisdom to navigate rough seas in order for you and the corporation to sail another day.
The principals described in this book just make sense, therefore required reading. There may be other things that also help companies go from good to great, but its hard to argue against the logic of these principals. Thank you Jim for synthesizing them so nicely.
As for the criticism regarding the eventual downturn of companies in the study sample, Jim answers this clearly at the end of the book. In short this book is not about companies - its about principals. Some companies eventually stop adhering to the principals to their detriment.