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)
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!"
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.
I love a good story read by a person with a sexy or funny voice
I, unfortunately have not read the print copy yet.
The memorable thing wasn't a moment, it was the repeated emphasis that the facts are what matter. The research was also terrific.
He has a nice voice and is a good reader.
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.
Great book with lots and lots of very applicable information.
Always worth a re-read. Principals that will keep your business moving to greatness. Don't pass it up.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
Worst book ever...
The content was dry and disorganized.
The voice tone was monotonous
The whole thing
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