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)
I started listening with some skepticism, however as the chapters went by, I became a believer that the principles are timeless and useful to everyone, not just companies or large organizations.
Althougg the concepts are applicable today, the companies examined are very outdated. For instance, stating that Circuit City is a good to great company and they are no longer in business after filing bankruptcy seems ridiculous.
This is a "disciplined" bright insightful book about excellent management based on massive well structured and driven research.
The conclusions are thoughtful intriguing and appropriately motivated.
Having it read by the author, with all his enthusiasm and partecipation, is a non neglectable plus.
There were very few gems in this book. I think that this might be useful to floundering companies that don't know why they're floundering, but I don't see much added value outside of that.
As for the audio, the reader over-punctuates and repeats himself too much. OVer.PUNCtuates.and.rePEATS.himself. It drove me nuts.
using this book over the years I have built two companies that are great to
I love learning.. especially about personal development, business, history, philosophy and religion
I love Jim Collins work, and i do think his performance in this audio book is excellent. Highly recommended.
I like that Jim repeats and reiterates the key themes of the book throughout, i.e. The right people in the bus and off the bus, the three circles, the hedgehog and the flywheel. These are good images to solidify meaning and connection. Well done!
The content itself is great however the performance was distracting. The recording didn't appear to be polished. You could hear dry mouth lip smacks, pages turning, ambience changing, and stuttering. Very unfortunate that the "good to great" study wasn't applied to the making of this production.
Jim Collins is a great writer. Reason for slow start was perhaps after listening to Gary V on audio, his voice and passion as he reads, this books had a slow start. The facts are great and the book itself is a must read.
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