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Great by Choice Audiobook

Great by Choice

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Publisher's Summary

The new question: Ten years after the worldwide best seller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times.

The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

The new findings:

  • The best leaders were more disciplined, more empirical, and more paranoid.
  • Following the belief that leading in a “fast world” always requires “fast decisions” and “fast action” is a good way to get killed.
  • The great companies changed less in reaction to a radically changing world than the comparison companies.

This book is classic Collins: contrarian, data-driven, and uplifting. He and Hansen show convincingly that, even in a chaotic and uncertain world, greatness happens by choice, not by chance.

©2011 Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Peter Palm Springs, CA, United States 02-06-12
    Peter Palm Springs, CA, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Another winner by Collins"

    Nicely narrated by the author, this is another enlightening effort by one of the best in the business. The analogies are perfect and memorable ( I even used one in an innocent discussion with my wife the other day.) This is not a rehash of old stuff, but new and fesh material. Those who appreciated Good to Great and Built to Last will also like this one.

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    Kenneth Pittsbrgh, PA, United States 02-06-12
    Kenneth Pittsbrgh, PA, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Every bit as good at Good to Great"
    Where does Great by Choice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Like Good to Great - this is one of my favorite.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The key findings compliment the GTG findings and provide some new perspective.


    What about Jim Collins’s performance did you like?

    I love that it is research based.


    Any additional comments?

    Collins does a great job in reading his books. Very compelling listen.

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    Bert Centurion, South Africa 02-02-12
    Bert Centurion, South Africa 02-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"
    Would you listen to Great by Choice again? Why?

    Yes, it would be great to review some of the points again, really useful stuff in here.


    What other book might you compare Great by Choice to and why?

    Good to greeat, same author, more great ideas and research


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    Robert Belfountain, Ontario, Canada 01-30-12
    Robert Belfountain, Ontario, Canada 01-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This book resonates"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent analogies between the business world and historical events help to solidify the key messages. An entertaining read.


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    Pam Owls Head, Maine, United States 01-30-12
    Pam Owls Head, Maine, United States 01-30-12
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    "Great by Choice was a Great Choice"
    What made the experience of listening to Great by Choice the most enjoyable?

    Jim Collins produces compelling research. I have read most of his books and learn much every time.


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    Celia Louisivlle, KY, United States 01-24-12
    Celia Louisivlle, KY, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "One of my new favs!"
    If you could sum up Great by Choice in three words, what would they be?

    Vital Business Info


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

    Emphasis and energy


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

    No, too much information!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book, absolutely brilliantly rounds up Built to Last and From Good to Great by answering many of the questions that existed after those two books. Love that this is all based on very rigorous research and debate. Especially that the book doesn't SOUND like a research paper, despite the massive amount of info backing it up. Engaging and a recommended read for anyone - doubly so if you run a business!

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    Robert 01-23-12
    Robert 01-23-12 Member Since 2011

    I wish Audible would provide a better product. I continually have to go back and try to find my place to listen. Audible apparently disables the ability to burn a book to even one disk so I can listen to it. The iPod just doesn't do well on audiobooks (probably unless you buy them from Apple). It is impossible to get a book burned to CD so I can listen to it and it never plays right on the iPod.

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    "Goood content, repeats too much, worth the time"

    I got some really good ideas from this, so it is well worth the time spent listening to it. In fact, I will probably buy copies for work.

    However, there are too many repeated stories, too many stories. I know stories are good, but if I"m reading the book, I can skip over the duplications, listening to it, I just had to grin and bear it and frequently lost my train of listening.

    However, it is well worth the time and effort.

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    Tom & Vanessa Lakeville, MN, United States 01-16-12
    Tom & Vanessa Lakeville, MN, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Good info, but too slow."
    What did you like best about Great by Choice? What did you like least?

    I found the information valuable, but the presentation was too slow, even when I increased the narrator speed. I found I had a hard time staying focused on it. Probably would have been better ordering it for my Kindle instead.


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    Aaron Bethlehem, PA, United States 01-13-12
    Aaron Bethlehem, PA, United States 01-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great By Choice Long Winded"
    What did you like best about Great by Choice? What did you like least?

    The information about luck and the part it did and did not play.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen ? Why or why not?

    Yes and have


    What three words best describe Jim Collins’s voice?

    Clear , Concise, Clean


    Do you think Great by Choice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No It is in-depth to the point of overkill.


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    Heather Chapel Hill, NC, United States 01-11-12
    Heather Chapel Hill, NC, United States 01-11-12 Listener Since 2000
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    "Great Book"
    If you could sum up Great by Choice in three words, what would they be?

    Spot on again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jim Collins' exhaustive research scores again with keen insights into success.


    Any additional comments?

    Jim Collins reads this book himself. While he is not an accomplished Audible book narrator, he reads with great enthusiasm. He also expands on the text when necessary to compensate for the lack of visual items in the written book. For example, he goes to great lengths to describe some of the graphics in the book.

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