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Good to Great Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jennifer 03-31-16
    Jennifer 03-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    What made the experience of listening to Good to Great the most enjoyable?

    Solid content


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Many words were lost when his voice trailed off in places. Caused me to miss the point of the sentence.


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    Disappointed that the EXACT content of the CD was used. You didn't even remove the annoying music at the beginning and end of the CD's. The listener is forced to sit through the end of CD music and the beginning of the CD music with dead space in between right in the middle of a chapter. I can't imagine that in this digital world it would have been that difficult to cut that portion out.

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    Scott 03-30-16
    Scott 03-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting overall - highs and lows"

    Some parts you are super engaged, others it drags a bit.

    But, the stories are very interesting and you look at business different after

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    Ben 03-28-16
    Ben 03-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    This books approach is fantastic. The science based approach of viewing companies focuses the book. You can really trust the recommendations made.

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    SAW Woodbridge, VA, United States 03-19-16
    SAW Woodbridge, VA, United States 03-19-16 Member Since 2012
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    This book flowed nicely and presented usable business strategies. I would recommend this to managers

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    Maraz 03-14-16
    Maraz 03-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting ideas, a bit repetitive"
    What made the experience of listening to Good to Great the most enjoyable?

    Solid research and good content


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    This is a very good read for any executive or entrepreneur but I always find these types of reads a bit repetitive when in the second half.

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    Amanda Knapp 03-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    Loved it. Wonderful insight with good stories and analogies to make clear arguments. I highly recommend it

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    Amazon Customer New York, New York 03-09-16
    Amazon Customer New York, New York 03-09-16 Member Since 2014

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    "One of the Greats..."

    This book is one of the greatest selling business books of all time. Its insights are brilliant and well researched. This is without question, a must read for anyone interested in business.

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    alex lopez 03-08-16
    alex lopez 03-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Jim Collins has a great passionate narrating voice"

    jim Collins has a great narrator voice, very passionate. I highly recommend this audio book.

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    J. Minch Chicago, IL 03-07-16
    J. Minch Chicago, IL 03-07-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Great book, little long winded"

    Good insights. Great concepts. Really long, repetitive, and the author / narrator can be a little tiresome.

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    Mid-Oak Distillery 03-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Unreadable"

    The introduction was awful. I was truly hoping the rest would improve...no such luck. I read at least one business management book each week. This was the first one I ever quit on. Save yourself the money and more importantly time.

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