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)
This is a great book for any business owner or manager. In fact all employees should have to read this book so they have a better understanding of what it takes to make a business successful.
I know I'm reading this 14yrs after the book came out and 10yrs after the updated audiobook, but wow! The teacher appears when the student is ready and Jim nailed so many points for where I am now in my career and as I start a new business.
The book reports the findings of an excellent and labor intensive study of the building blocks of good to great companies. The points presented are helpful to anyone in private and public life. Highly recommended.
Very helpful instructions that includes research and evidence and not simply philosophy. Recommend this for experienced business owners and entrepreneurs alike
I listened to this on a business trip and couldn't believe how applicable it was in not only my professional life but in every area of my life. Definite must-read and not your run-of-the-mill self help book.
Good book. Difficult to say if the findings are an attempt to explain the data or if they do an appropriate job of revealing the drivers for the results. That is for the reader to decide. Worth a listen for any entrepreneur.
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