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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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    Jason DAVIE, FL, United States 11-19-12
    Jason DAVIE, FL, United States 11-19-12
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    "Great Content, Passionate Reading"
    What made the experience of listening to Good to Great the most enjoyable?

    The author's (and narrator's) passion for the content helped make evident what the important and relevant topics were. Good to Great has a wonderfully simple set of guidelines that explain the process of transition for evolving, great companies.


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    michael Collingwood, Ontario, Canada 11-12-12
    michael Collingwood, Ontario, Canada 11-12-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A must read!"
    What did you love best about Good to Great?

    Whether you are in business, sport, or just want to think and practice better. This book is an essential part of your library!


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    Reviewer of Oz Seattle, WA USA- 11-05-12
    Reviewer of Oz Seattle, WA USA- 11-05-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Worth your time"
    Would you listen to Good to Great again? Why?

    I listented to it on CD a number of years ago and recently aquired it on Audible so I could listen again. Lots of good content and tips for creating a culture on my team.


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    Herve Bay Area, CA 10-28-12
    Herve Bay Area, CA 10-28-12
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    "Disappointing and dated"
    What didn’t you like about Jim Collins’s performance?

    I was unfortunately disappointed with three things:
    - first, that the pace is slow... Jim Collins tends to repeat himself a lot, and refer over and over (a little too much for my taste...) to his team and the amount of work that they did

    - second , that some of the quoted companies are unfortunately no longer great examples of success (Circuit City is hard to pick today as a success story, and it is even harder to support that Fannie Mae had great business insights...)

    - finally that even though Jim wants his approach to be as scientific as can be, he allows himself to repeatedly pick examples way outside of the business world, like war survivors... When he mentioned his wife deciding to run a marathon as an example of "facing the brutal facts", I had to put the book (sorry the audiobook) down...


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    H. Fulcher 10-03-12
    H. Fulcher 10-03-12
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    "great content with small technical nuisances"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    the pitch and volume of the narrator varied so much that sometimes you could not hear him — if you turned the volume up, other parts would be much too loud


    Any additional comments?

    the musical sound under the narrator's voice, at the start of a section, was distracting

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    Brandon Bothell, WA, United States 09-24-12
    Brandon Bothell, WA, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Stand out book on making a great company"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It is based off an expansive study of companies that made the transition. You can tell that every detail was vetted and thoroughly researched. Too many business books today are based of opinion with little fact to support key points. This not only provides substantial evidence, but also great examples of real companies that have become 'great'


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    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 08-27-12
    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2015

    I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.

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    "Best book by Jim Collins"
    If you could sum up Good to Great in three words, what would they be?

    amazing, inspirational, unbelieveable


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

    Selling off all the paper mills which was the bread and butter for the company


    What about Jim Collins’s performance did you like?

    Jim brought his book to the masses. I do not think anyone else could read it and bring that much power into it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A book about amazing companies you have to be kidding. The only reason why I might cry is that I didn't own any of them


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    Troy Edgar, WI, United States 08-27-12
    Troy Edgar, WI, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed that the author narrated the book"
    What made the experience of listening to Good to Great the most enjoyable?

    The author put readers comments in the recording to clarify points and emphasis points.


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

    na


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Level 5 leaders


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think


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    Mori Fullerton, CA, United States 08-13-12
    Mori Fullerton, CA, United States 08-13-12
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    "Good, but not great. Informative in some ways."
    Would you try another book from Jim Collins and/or Jim Collins?

    If you ever read a book in this genre, you would be enjoying some info, but won't be blown away by the content.
    I enjoyed the book, but can't say I'll recommend others to read it before they read many others.
    That said, if you are a head of a big company, and are interested in the numbers big companies generated in the last 100 years, you might find it very interesting.

    I would say, a lot of info, but not enough heart for my taste.


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    DD ENNIS, TX, United States 08-13-12
    DD ENNIS, TX, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book!!"
    If you could sum up Good to Great in three words, what would they be?

    Great book, timeless ideals. It is too bad some of the great companies have gone bad...


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