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Great by Choice Audiobook

Great by Choice

The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller 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.
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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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    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 Brunswick, TN, United States 01-23-12
    Robert Brunswick, TN, United States 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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    Daniel walnut, CA, United States 01-09-12
    Daniel walnut, CA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book"
    What made the experience of listening to Great by Choice the most enjoyable?

    Almost everything and I am listening to it the second time now.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Great by Choice?

    The comparisons of the Amundsen and Scott ventures.


    What about Jim Collins’s performance did you like?

    Yes, I liked it.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keli Fairbanks, AK, United States 01-09-12
    Keli Fairbanks, AK, United States 01-09-12
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    "Excellent information and practical advice"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


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

    Yes, but better to digest small pieces at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent advice based on research for any leader, manager, human resources, or organizational development.

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    Marty East Thetford, VT, United States 01-06-12
    Marty East Thetford, VT, United States 01-06-12 Member Since 2008

    Marty Jacobs consults in the areas of strategic planning, board governance, leadership development, and community engagement.

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    "The Path Between Chaos and Order"

    This book is based on research about organizations that do well despite a constantly changing environment. Since that latter phrase applies to all of us, there is something for everyone in this book. It’s chock of ideas for how organizations and their leaders can ride the wave of uncertainty that seems to be the only constant in organizational life these days. All these ideas come together in what is referred to in the Art of Hosting as “the chaordic path” – the path between chaos and order. An organization that can effectively navigate that path will develop strength and clarity, and the successful journey requires a leader (or leaders) who can discern the nuances between how much order and how much chaos will illuminate the path. It’s a tricky process, and this book highlights this.

    That said, I have one caveat to throw in. This book was written by men about men, so it did not always resonate with me. In particular, when the authors describe the characteristics of 10xers, the term they use to describe leaders of these successful organizations, I had to ask, “Whose definition of success? Do these guys have a life?” It seemed to me that the only measurement of success was the bottom line. In this day and age, I truly believe that a more accurate measure of success is the triple bottom line. Organizations can no longer focus solely on profit to the exclusion of social and environmental impact.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Grand Prairie, TX, United States 01-01-12
    Anthony Grand Prairie, TX, United States 01-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This book brought me an amazing set of personal revelations. Its insights allow me practical information that I can apply and improve my personal and professional lives.


    Any additional comments?

    Jim Collins' reading was GREAT! He didn't simply read the words on the page, he sought to create a separate audible version of the book. The audio version is complete on its own without the supporting text.

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