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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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    Morgan Harrell Berlin, Wisconsin United States 03-25-13
    Morgan Harrell Berlin, Wisconsin United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Studies but a bit dry"
    If you could sum up Good to Great in three words, what would they be?

    Good but dry


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

    Probably that the discovery that compensation had no correlation between how great or not so great a company was.


    What aspect of Jim Collins’s performance would you have changed?

    A little bit more personality/excitement


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This was a book recommended to me so I wasn't really sure what to expect. I had just gotten done listening to the 10x Rule by Grant Cardone and was probably still on that adrenaline rush. I will have to listen to it again sometime.

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    Christine L. Herrera Austin, Texas 03-18-13
    Christine L. Herrera Austin, Texas 03-18-13
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    If you could sum up Good to Great in three words, what would they be?

    Overall satisfying & great story


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

    Would love to have a follow up in 10 years


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Last section


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    simple answers brought from the data


    Any additional comments?

    none

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    Johannes Allyn, WA, United States 03-11-13
    Johannes Allyn, WA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Extremely well read and Educational"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Good to Great to be better than the print version?

    No, they are a matched pair. The book carries all the graphs and information to remember the many aspects of the book. However, the audible book is an excellent pairing to get through the book while driving, working out, walking, etc.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jim Collins reads very well and their are extra stories here that are not in the book. It is a personal touch that makes the book feel much more engaging.


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    Amazon Customer La Center, WA, US 03-07-13
    Amazon Customer La Center, WA, US 03-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing Information to Ponder"
    What made the experience of listening to Good to Great the most enjoyable?

    This book was great at getting me to think. the performance was rough at first but by the end i enjoyed the way Jim Collins was so frank and interactive in his reading.


    Any additional comments?

    A Must Read!

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    Derek Brecksville, OH, United States 03-05-13
    Derek Brecksville, OH, United States 03-05-13
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    "Good analogy of behaviors that handcuff great"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the principles are tried and true, and can be easily replicated with minimal business aptitude.


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

    The simplistic explanation of the Hedgehog Principle and how it focuses on what your strengths are.


    What does Jim Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The importance of how it relates to basic business premise.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Conformed No More.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Troy Pachal Calgary, AB 02-28-13
    Troy Pachal Calgary, AB 02-28-13 Member Since 2013

    Developing the person who I can make the greatest impact on - Me.

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    "INSIGHTFUL, POWERFUL FINDINGS"
    What made the experience of listening to Good to Great the most enjoyable?

    Jim Collins really is enjoyable to listen to, the way he reads is the way he intended this book to be read, the passion and enthusiasm he puts forward during the read makes this audio engaging and exciting. I continue to listen to this over and over.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact based findings and how simple it is to see how companies make the leap from Good to Great.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first listen but I will be enjoying many more since having picked this up.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The flywheel and the doom loop highlight some particular areas where I can improve as an individual


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    Robert 02-25-13
    Robert 02-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it"
    What did you love best about Good to Great?

    I really enjoyed the book. I'm glad Collins took the time to explain his research methods, because he makes it very clear that the information in the book is well thought out and worth listening to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great examples, great research methods, clearly presented.


    What about Jim Collins’s performance did you like?

    As the book's author, he took the time to add extra thoughts that were not in the print edition. You can tell that he loves the work he did and that he is very passionate about it.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first audiobook I've ever listened to and the experience was great. I think I'm hooked!

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    Glenn Calgary, Alberta, Canada 02-22-13
    Glenn Calgary, Alberta, Canada 02-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A must for all leaders"

    This book describes what traits and characteristics great leaders have in common is does this with great stories about the companies and leaders themselves. A must read for all business people and people who aspire to be a leader. Heck at a minimum it will help you judge what type of leader your own boss or CEO is.. maybe it is time to look for greener pastures or stay where you are ......

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    James 02-21-13
    James 02-21-13
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    "Great book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a great book for people in leadership roles.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Key points to becoming a level 5 leader


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The descriptions of the business successes and failures


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Boring movie


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    Young Professional Irvine, CA United States 02-17-13
    Young Professional Irvine, CA United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Powerful Insight"
    Any additional comments?

    What I like about Jim Collins' books is that they are research projects and he is delivering findings and insight. He is not trying to sell you services, he is delivering information he is deeply passionate and involved with.

    Narration from Jim Collins was incredible with his delivery and emphasis. It felt like I was in a powerful seminar all in the comforts of my office, car, and home.

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