Amidst the desolate landscape of fallen great companies, Jim Collins began to wonder: How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? How far can a company fall before the path toward doom becomes inevitable and unshakable? How can companies reverse course?
In How the Mighty Fall, Collins confronts these questions, offering leaders the well-founded hope that they can learn how to stave off decline and, if they find themselves falling, reverse their course. Great companies can stumble, badly, and recover. Every institution, no matter how great, is vulnerable to decline. There is no law of nature that the most powerful will inevitably remain at the top. Anyone can fall and most eventually do.
But, as Collins' research emphasizes, some companies do indeed recover. Decline, it turns out, is largely self-inflicted, and the path to recovery lies largely within our own hands. We are not imprisoned by our circumstances, our history, or even our staggering defeats along the way. As long as we never get entirely knocked out of the game, hope always remains. The mighty can fall, but they can often rise again.
©2009 Jim Collins; (P)2009 Jim Collins
Very disappointing book. Collins utterly fails in this book. His research seems shallow and conclusions too haphazardly made.
As if this weren't enough his narration is just terrible. Screaming, awkwardly pausing, slooo...wly reading each word at a time - all makes for a very painful listen. Sigh... what a disappointment.
As if this is not enough his book is filled with plugs for his next book! Sorry Mr. Collins, you aren't getting any more of my money or my time.
I thought the material in the book was adequate, but the narration just grated on me by the time the book was finished. I just do not believe a book on this topic needs a narrator providing a dramatic reading and sometimes literally yelling the words.
Some people might describe it as enthusiastic and emotional. I found it very distracting and unpleasant. Sometimes it is best if the author does not narrate the book. It is a business book, not a thriller.
Provides a very good template to analyze downfalls and how to possibly prevent them.
Now about the narration...
Joy Hilado Sheikh
Goes into more detail than I would like, but still good info. The narrator speaks as if every other word has an exclamation point, so it's a little too explosive in my ear most times. His fluctuations are just too extreme. Good book, though!
I loved every minute of Good to Great, and loved every minute of this book just as much. I am a business junky, and live to learn, I always gain knowledge and hopefully some wisdom from Jim Collins.
Typical quality of Jim Collins. Although some people say that Jim over reacts when reading the book, I found it entertaining. It met my expectations even though it is a short book.
After "Good to Great", "Built to Last", and "Great by Choice" I had some high standards. Those books were worth reading and packed full of research. First, I don't know if "How the Mighty Fall" has stood the test of time in its conclusions. Second, this book seemed like something thrown together in a weekend. I wish I hadn't wasted my time.
Another great bit of research by Jim Collins and his team and very well presented using Jims' usual style of analogies and metaphors.
However, it is not up to the standards of Good to Great or Great by Choice. I've listened to his books in the wrong order and there is a deal of repetition from Good to Great and obviously Jim was deep into research data for Great by Choice when this was written.
Despite being the weakest book, it is still a great listen. You simply have to
love the work this guy does and his narration is full of energy and enthusiasm as usual.
Because of the repetition and this not being as good as his other books and the relatively steep price tag, I gave the story a 4 star rating instead of 5.
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