Built to Last, the defining management study of the '90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning.
But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? Are there those that convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? If so, what are the distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great?
Over five years, Jim Collins and his research team have analyzed the histories of 28 companies, discovering why some companies make the leap and others don't. The findings include:
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"Like Built to Last, Good to Great is one of those books that managers and CEOs will be reading and rereading for years to come." (Amazon.com review)
"If you believe that a visionary leader with a strong ego is an essential component of sustained business success, then Jim Collins has a few thousand words for you. His carefully researched audiobook explains that the success of companies that outperform the market for 15 years in a row comes from selfless leadership, rigorous focus, and a culture of discipline....[T]here's another reason this book has burst through as a bestseller, which you can feel in Collins's narration: He is honestly excited about his research and unconventional findings. (AudioFile)
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Excellent information! Well studied case histories, Jim's team thoroughly investigates each company's history used in the book, then gives a comparison company to allow us "the listener" know exactly what the companies people did to make that particular company succeed in certain area's or fail... each scenario is so detailed there is no room for error. This book is very well written.
Thank you so much Jim Collins & the people that helped you write this book, I loved it!!!
I Loved: "How the Mighty fall", too!
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.
This is not a book written by a businessman, it is written by an academic who studied public companies and found correlations between certain basic traits and stock performance. There is extremely little insightful and actionable information in this book to people who have actually built businesses, just confirmation of basic principles you should already know. For example the book repeats, perhaps a dozen times, that people are not a company's greatest asset, but that the *right* people are (as if anyone thought the saying that people are the greatest asset meant the wrong people were included). This deep truth is repeated with deep strength of conviction, taking itself entirely too seriously while punctuated with the narrator's spit as he overemphasizes words to make up for lacking a substantial point.
that's the word that comes to mind when I think about this book. Although I don't work in a company or am completely unfamiliar with any sort of corporate setting, this book really helped me
I thought this was an excellent book. Jim clearly discusses his research and conclusions. This book is replete with actionable principles that will help people and organizations advance from good to great.
Having the author read his own book was amazing because he would emphasize the very important points that he was trying to get across. It was very enjoyable to listen to!
Great audiobook. We are all indebted for this vast collection of not only great research, but great delivery of the lessons learned from such analysis. Thanks.
I have listened to this book multiple times and it never gets old. I learn something each time.
In my top 10 business and leadership books.
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