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)
Solid research and good content
This is a very good read for any executive or entrepreneur but I always find these types of reads a bit repetitive when in the second half.
This book is one of the greatest selling business books of all time. Its insights are brilliant and well researched. This is without question, a must read for anyone interested in business.
jim Collins has a great narrator voice, very passionate. I highly recommend this audio book.
The introduction was awful. I was truly hoping the rest would improve...no such luck. I read at least one business management book each week. This was the first one I ever quit on. Save yourself the money and more importantly time.
The book inspires me well beyond business. I think good to great holds much greater value than you'd expect from a typical research based business book.
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