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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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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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    J.J. Totowa, NJ, United States 04-04-12
    J.J. Totowa, NJ, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Motivational, Great Ideas"
    If you could sum up Good to Great in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, Motivation, helpful


    What other book might you compare Good to Great to and why?

    think and grow rich


    What about Jim Collins’s performance did you like?

    his honestly and story telling


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    separating the men from the boys good to great how business really gets done!


    Any additional comments?

    ONE OF MY FAVORITES

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    pENELOPE Redington Beach, FL, United States 01-04-12
    pENELOPE Redington Beach, FL, United States 01-04-12
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    "Entertaining and Informative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I think it is a great research book. It puts a different twist on understanding great companies and how they stay successful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story about Jack Eckerd and Cork Walgreen.


    What does Jim Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Principals of leadership and the role humility plays.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, it was really sad to think that Jack Eckerd while in his prime was still searching for answers when if he had soul searched and applied his faith to his company, Eckerd Drugs would still be remembered today.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading this book I have invested in Wells Fargo.

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    Greg Midvale, UT, United States 11-07-11
    Greg Midvale, UT, United States 11-07-11
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    "Excellent Book"

    Out of all the books I have listened to on Audible so far, this one was the most interesting and relevant. Jim Collins does an excellent job at narrating.

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    Brent Gilbert, AZ, United States 11-05-11
    Brent Gilbert, AZ, United States 11-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Not just for your business"

    I found this a very interesting book that I could apply the principles to my work as a first line manager and in my personal life. I found that some of the things he was talking about for the comparative companies was how I was operating in my job and in my life. I can already see differences in performance in my department just my implementing a few basic ideas from this book.

    The author narrates this book. In that he sort of lectures but clearly interjects and adds commentary beyond the content of the book.

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    Daniel Mashpee, MA, United States 09-26-11
    Daniel Mashpee, MA, United States 09-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Well research thesis on leadership. Must read."
    What made the experience of listening to Good to Great the most enjoyable?

    As an academic I really appreciate the data behind the book. Many leadership books start backwards, with the goal rather than the data. Dr. Collins and his group let the data speak and simply interpreted what the data was saying. Excellent job. Excellent examples of both level 5 and lesser leadership. My dilemma now .... can I be a level 5, will my work have a legacy?


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    Augustine SUWANEE, GA, United States 09-04-11
    Augustine SUWANEE, GA, United States 09-04-11
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    "Good STuff.."

    This book is worth the listen. The ideas and insights offered are great. Getting to them through the author's over explaining, and sometimes just narrating like his audience is a second grade class can try your patience.

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    Adrian Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-19-11
    Adrian Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-19-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Excellent!"

    I love this book. It exceeded my expectations. I recommend it without reservations. (You may consider this your Business Bible. A must for every great company, organization, business, school or individual.)

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    Tania Glendale, KY, United States 07-07-11
    Tania Glendale, KY, United States 07-07-11
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    "Wonderful !!!"

    This book is wonderful for anyone looking to improve their personal or professional manangement skills. The title makes this sound like a "buisness" book but spends alot of time on the people and culture of the companies and how that can be duplicated in everyday life.

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    samantha United States 05-09-11
    samantha United States 05-09-11
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    "great listen"

    I had heard this book had great info in it, but dry to read. Listening was a great way to get the info. The author's passion for this topic draws you in, given he reads it, and it engages you in the story. Recommend it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara Chesapeake, VA, United States 10-24-10
    Tamara Chesapeake, VA, United States 10-24-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Good to Great, To Bust!"

    Depressing to know some of the touted companies in this book no longer exist; I guess that is the next book, "Good to Great, To Bust!" All in all it was another attempt to categorize techniques and environment to predict the future outcome of corporations. I strongly suggest reading "Black Swan" and "Outliers" before you buy into this BS. Even with the best leadership and business model, tomorrow is never promised. While you are in a leadership position, you should strive to derive knowledge and increase your natural abilities to lead the organization. If luck and timing are on your side, you and the corporation will do well; if not, you’re both screwed. You have to develop the wisdom to navigate rough seas in order for you and the corporation to sail another day.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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