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)
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Based on the cover & preview, I was excited to purchase. Highly disappointed. I do not recommend. There is no guide or suggested development plan for those interested in implementing good to great. Content primarily discusses all the companies that were good and how some became great and some didn't. Lame.
Jim did wonderful in drawing me into the book and it made me part of the story in that I looked at myself as an employee in a company and can I be part of the Good to Great process at least in what I do.
I constantly thought about how I could use this to help our customers in becoming great in the realm of what I do for them.
The culture part was very important and I believe is what everyone looks for in what they do.
During the reading I kept thinking of how workers feel when they are on the right bus and in the right seat.
The bus parable keeps running throughout the book.
The companies analyzed are companies I grew up knowing. It was good to learn about the Good to great companies but also nice was the comparable companies and where and if they are still doing business and how they lost the vision.
Though it's not a rah rah book to motivate to make more money it is a motivator to understand how employees, management, and owners can create a culture where core values are intertwined in the daily workings.
As in my title of the summary
I will re read this again
This was an extraordinary research project. Good data, great interpretation and applications. Brilliant concept; good is the enemy of great.
I loved driving to work everyday and being so inspired by Jim Collins that I tried to apply what I learned. 1 year ago, I probably wasn't ready for this message, but now has been the perfect time for me to absorb and use this amazing information.
The principles in this book are very impact file, genuine and brilliantly summerised, I worked for businesses that have leaders with similar values and others, and I can never describe the joy of working by the principles Jim describes in this book.
Very well done. I'd love to hear more about this subject.
And the narrator is unbelievable (turns out to be the author himself) delivers the content, with impactfull emotions, giving you the experience of living the stories and the passion.
Pretty Solid Book but didn't blow my hair back. Lots of Awesome information and enjoyed the Leadership part of the book and about growth. But overall the Inspiration of the book to get me excited for the day and SMASH my business as a whole wasn't there. But there is some good info in there.
I have so many tools to use after hearing this book. and I'm not convinced I would have gotten through it reading. It's data heavy, but Jim's reading style was engaging and deliberate.
Helpful summaries at the end of each chapter, entertaining metaphors, and the data to back it up.
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