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Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't | [Jim Collins]

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

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?
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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:

  • Level 5 Leadership: A surprising style, required for greatness
  • The Hedgehog Concept: Finding your three circles, to transcend the curse of competence
  • A Culture of Discipline: The alchemy of great results
  • Technology Accelerators: How good-to-great companies think differently about technology
  • The Flywheel and the Doom Loop: Why those who do frequent restructuring fail to make the leap

©2001 Jim Collins (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"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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    This book describes how some of the greatest rise to meet their competition and exceed expectations. Most of the book focuses on the 5 traits that it takes survive hardships in larger companies. Yes, it does mention some questionable companies but as the author states near the end of the book the principles are still applicable despite their current standings. I would definitely recommend this book to the person who is looking to run their own life and plans to become something GREAT!

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    a refreshing look at amazing leaders and the successful companies that they led. Opens your eyes to what each of us can be capable of accomplishing if we strive for it.

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    "Interesting but Requires Revision"

    if you can get past the list of 'great' company's that haven't done that great. its a worth while read as it is so frequently referenced (often badly) in current literature.

    I think the basic message of this book that the right type of simplicity is very hard but very worthwhile is still valid.

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    It's a must read and reflect book.

    The concepts are easy to understand, but at the same time they are very challenging to apply.

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    "great book supported with facts"

    this is a great book for understand how to build a great company support with great research.

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    Loved the practical nature of narrative. Going to listen to it a couple of more times for sure.

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    "Great book. Horrible narration."
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    Might be the worst narration I've ever heard. Great book but I couldn't wait to be done so I didn't have to listen to him anymore. It's a shame, I would like to get his other books but I'm never listening to him again.


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    "Very light on content"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A professional narrator could have improved the experience, but the content itself is quite weak


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something more substantial


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Collins’s performances?

    No, his narration was really distracting.


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    I reference both frequently


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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The identification of humility as a quality of great leaders was life changing for me. Starting a new journey for me to find grace in my life.


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    "You'll rethink everything you do in business"
    Would you listen to Good to Great again? Why?

    This book helped me shape my perspective on everything from staffing to core business strategy. Moreover, it found a relatively entertaining way of doing it.


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