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Good to Great Audiobook

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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    Rebelyfe 01-28-16
    Rebelyfe 01-28-16
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    "Definitely a great read!"

    Worth every second, absolutely loved the suggestions, the techniques and the tips.

    Many of them have been already proven to be concrete solid!
    I do however beg to differ with a number of points that are audaciously suggested to reflect an absolute conclusion.
    Especially when such "little research" is being held to such "high regard."

    overall I don't suggest that the study and the information therein are irrelevant. Only that the reader use discernment when considering the Authors use of statements like:

    "without... this result would have been simply impossible!"

    Eric Bailey

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    Mary 01-25-16
    Mary 01-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "good listen"

    great topics and information. I know repitition helps to stress topics but felt much was repeated when just newer examples could have been used.

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    Rachael Dahl 01-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So, so good"

    I know this book is older now, and a few of the companies have changed since their time of greatness, but this reading is absolutely spectacular. It was a pleasure to listen to, exciting, and packed with insights I feel I can use in my career.

    Unlike so many books by academics which fall into a self-glorifying rut, Collins is passionate, humble, and a seeker of truth.

    This is my first book on audible and I love it.

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    dannell 01-16-16
    dannell 01-16-16 Member Since 2013

    I love a good story read by a person with a sexy or funny voice

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    "Facts nothing but facts"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Good to Great to be better than the print version?

    I, unfortunately have not read the print copy yet.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Good to Great?

    The memorable thing wasn't a moment, it was the repeated emphasis that the facts are what matter. The research was also terrific.


    What about Jim Collins’s performance did you like?

    He has a nice voice and is a good reader.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I listened to most of it while I was mowing the acreage with an 18" electric mower, so he had my attention for a long time. But even with the massiveness of the mowing job, the book was longer. I listened to it in two sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book with lots and lots of very applicable information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Delta Alpha Foxtrot CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 01-08-16
    Delta Alpha Foxtrot CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 01-08-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A business classic"

    Always worth a re-read. Principals that will keep your business moving to greatness. Don't pass it up.

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    Chronic 01-08-16
    Chronic 01-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A hyped book that is a little short of being good"

    I found this okay. for such an overhyped book its hard to actually live up to the promise inside - that being said it had some good points and concepts (especially the hedgehog concept). the narrator was a little over the top but tolerable at 3x speed, but the ground covered was too vague and not specific enough. "Be disciplined" is not exactly a new concept to grasp. however, some nuggets in here so worth a read.

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    Jane 12-31-15
    Jane 12-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Outdated... defunct companies as "great" examples"

    Got this book as a holiday read recommendation, but 5 hours in I find myself cringing and wondering if there is anything I can use from this book for my own business. It has too many defunct company as its "great" examples and the book doesn't offer very useful or insightful commentary. It is clear that the author and research team has little experience leading companies themselves. Some principles makes sense, but otherwise quite superficial.

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    Misha 12-27-15
    Misha 12-27-15
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    "Read what has happened to the great companies"
    What was most disappointing about Jim Collins’s story?

    The book is well-written, but try searching the companies that are featured. They haven't outperformed average companies. Like many business books, this is backward looking. If the companies had outperformed other companies since the book was written, it would mean something, but they did not. Don't waste your time reading this.


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    Pavel Ruse, Bulgaria 12-22-15
    Pavel Ruse, Bulgaria 12-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Jim Collins Delivered"

    Great balance between storytelling and conclusions. Jim and his team deliver a guideline for... well going from good to great in several main steps.
    No final, not a miracle pill but a systematic approach to transforming successful organizations.
    I recommend :)

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    AAL 12-14-15
    AAL 12-14-15
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    "BORING"
    Would you try another book from Jim Collins and/or Jim Collins?

    Worst book ever...


    Has Good to Great turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The content was dry and disorganized.


    What didn’t you like about Jim Collins’s performance?

    The voice tone was monotonous


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Good to Great?

    The whole thing


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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