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:
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
Continuing in his great tradition, Jim Collins adds to the already fantastic works of "Good to Great," "Built to Last," and "How the Mighty Fall," with "Great by Choice." This book is aimed at the entrepreneur who has a dream of building a great company, one that will outlive the founder and become a pinnacle of the economy. Collins does a tremendous job of pointing out how great companies make specific choices at the beginning of their creation to become great and never wavered from those decisions.
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.
Like Good to Great - this is one of my favorite.
The key findings compliment the GTG findings and provide some new perspective.
I love that it is research based.
Collins does a great job in reading his books. Very compelling listen.
Yes, it would be great to review some of the points again, really useful stuff in here.
Good to greeat, same author, more great ideas and research
Excellent analogies between the business world and historical events help to solidify the key messages. An entertaining read.
Jim Collins produces compelling research. I have read most of his books and learn much every time.
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No, too much information!
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!
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.
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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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.
The information about luck and the part it did and did not play.
Yes and have
Clear , Concise, Clean
No It is in-depth to the point of overkill.
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