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
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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.
Spot on again.
Jim Collins' exhaustive research scores again with keen insights into success.
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.
Almost everything and I am listening to it the second time now.
The comparisons of the Amundsen and Scott ventures.
Yes, I liked it.
Yes, but better to digest small pieces at a time.
Excellent advice based on research for any leader, manager, human resources, or organizational development.
Marty Jacobs consults in the areas of strategic planning, board governance, leadership development, and community engagement.
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.
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.
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.
The overall ideas presented in this book are worthwile for any of us in business. I found the author and reader made the experience particularly enjoyable. That isn't normally the case with authors of business books, but Collins brought real energy to the material.
My approach to business books is to listen to them first and then buy them if I believe the material will be useful later. I bought this one as soon as I could. It's been very useful in my practice.
Collins has an excellent narrating voice and clearly loves to teach on this material. He is energetic and lively. Rather than dryly 'reading' the book, he truly narrates it, often adding little bits and pieces to the story, providing value to the listener.
Founder/CEO of Grunt Style. Design, markets, produces and fulfills our own products. No formal business education, military background.
I've listened to this book three times and its worth every second. The authors break down almost in an entertaining classroom style lesson. They profile why some companies are really worlds apart in success and culture.
The best part is that they go into good detail so a business owner like my self can impliment immediately.
You can easily appreciately the cleaverness and work that went into this book. If you are a business owner or thinking about it, this is a must read.
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