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)
Good but dry
Probably that the discovery that compensation had no correlation between how great or not so great a company was.
A little bit more personality/excitement
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.
Overall satisfying & great story
Would love to have a follow up in 10 years
simple answers brought from the data
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.
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.
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.
A Must Read!
Yes, the principles are tried and true, and can be easily replicated with minimal business aptitude.
The simplistic explanation of the Hedgehog Principle and how it focuses on what your strengths are.
The importance of how it relates to basic business premise.
Conformed No More.
Developing the person who I can make the greatest impact on - Me.
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.
The fact based findings and how simple it is to see how companies make the leap from Good to Great.
This is my first listen but I will be enjoying many more since having picked this up.
The flywheel and the doom loop highlight some particular areas where I can improve as an individual
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.
Great examples, great research methods, clearly presented.
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.
This was my first audiobook I've ever listened to and the experience was great. I think I'm hooked!
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 ......
Yes. It is a great book for people in leadership roles.
Key points to becoming a level 5 leader
The descriptions of the business successes and failures
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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