Great by Choice was a difficult & long read where the authors felt that iterating through full lists opposed to summarizing their conclusions would help emphasise points -- it does not. Although having facts to frame & support a statement does help, running through absolutely every redundant figure opposed to using an appendix quickly took away from valuable statements and watered it down with unnecessary filler. You can however tell that a lot of research went behind Collins book, analysis with comparison companies over decades, finding similar characteristics between the winners while also challenging those concepts with competing companies to vet why something works in once scenario but not when applied to another. I do support his findings & therefore recommend "Great by Choice" (although I'd prefer a summary book if it existed). Having a consistent pace through bad times while not overexerting your self through the good, keeping cash on hand for those unforeseen situations, and what I feel is of most value: productive paranoia -- making quick, but well educated decisions with many supporting "what if" scenarios already thought through. A long read, but there are a handful of gems in here.
Each chapter seems to drag on and VERY repetitive. When you get to the chapter summaries, you ask yourself, "Why didn't I just skip to the end?" When trying to get through this book, I have fallen asleep 7 times. I would not dare to listen to this while driving.
The time period of the study. So much has happened in the world economy since 2002 that merited inclusion in a book published post 2010. I kept saying to myself for the 10 companies selected, "Really, are just picking organizations that honestly just got lucky and fit within your arguments for this book?"In particular, with the technology examples, it did not hit home that sound strategic management principles were utilized or where this aligned to their short-term / long-term planning.This book is badly in need of a good editor, or in terms of an audiobook where statistics are being conveyed, some kind of option to access a PDF document of some sort just to reference it when needed to follow along.
Lack of energy. Felt like a University professor giving a lecture with little emotion.
I thought his book would concentrate on the individual (myself the reader) on how to evolve your skills for greatness "by choice" and traits of successful individuals. Additionally, time spent on the operational level employee that make visionary leader's work come to fruition.
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%.
Listen and Learn
Good to Great with a twist
He really shows the passion and dedication into the books he works own.
yes I probably will but this one was horrible
The lean start up
Jim Collins is not a good narrator at all
no the stories were lame
i have read all his other books and they are great. This one he really missed the ship big time.
This book was a real eye-opener. It helped me to see things outside the box and gives you a recipe for sucess. I thing it should be required reading for any business person.
The stories used in the book help me to retain the message that goes with the story, making it easier to keep things fresh.
Jim doesn't just read the book, he tells you what he wants you to learn from the book. There are graphs and pictures in the book that he is able to help you visualize in his narration.
Not if Jim is reading them
No, I couldn't get through this one. THe oddly placed long pauses make it seem as though the author/narrator is sounding out the big words in a book he wrote.
Hire a professional narrator!
Yes, I would to get some of the main ideas really ingrained into my brain.
Great usable information. Well done!
It's better because it is easy to
The 20 mile march.
Jim's passion for certain parts.
The way to win is the 20mile march
the description of how the 10x company strive, specially the triangle of Fanatic Discipline,
Productive paranoia, and Empirical creativity. Jim in all his books emphasize on the pretence of discipline in a way or another, for example in good to great he talked about Discipline people having discipline thought doing discipline actions, in this book they explained the concept of 20 mile march, and how this help companies to strive. How to keep your company above the death line, how to plan in good time for bad time, firing bullets then cannon balls and how this relevant to business.
By narrating his own material, Jim Collins adds an extra passion that can only from the author. If you liked 'Good to Great' -- this is a must listen to follow up that you will be thrilled to have experienced.