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How the Mighty Fall Audiobook

How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In

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Publisher's Summary

Decline can be avoided. Decline can be detected. Decline can be reversed.

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

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    Sudhir Chicago, IL, USA 07-26-10
    Sudhir Chicago, IL, USA 07-26-10
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    "Shallow research, Terrible narration"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    B. Bartness MN 01-31-10
    B. Bartness MN 01-31-10 Member Since 2007
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    "I Disliked The Narration"

    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.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel Monterey Park, CA, United States 01-25-17
    Nathaniel Monterey Park, CA, United States 01-25-17
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    "Good summary if anti-values"

    Anti-values are those values which hurt our self and others : ego, fear, judge&blame, anger frustration and impatience. Reject those anti-values in self and others and 42 mile march.

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    Wayne 01-25-17
    Wayne 01-25-17
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    "Good continuation"

    Good continuation of his last book. Great study, stories, and examples. Seemed a little repetitive at times. Read it as part of our organization's book club. Some struggled to finish the book, as it didn't quite hold their attention through the end.

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    Juan 12-29-16
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    "Not Collins best work"

    I loved Built to Last and Good to Great, so I was pretty excited to read it, but I was somewhat disappointed. The content isn't as thoroughly researched, the lessons to be learnt aren't as clear, and the book ends without creating that "wow" feeling that the previous books did. At least it was short...

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    veracka.michael 09-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read"

    Very relatable book to real life rise and fall of companies. Real world examples for sure

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    dagohoy2011 08-16-16
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    "Very good lessons, but I agree that the narration grates."

    Provides a very good template to analyze downfalls and how to possibly prevent them.

    Now about the narration...

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    Valerie J. Hilado Houston, TX 04-07-16
    Valerie J. Hilado Houston, TX 04-07-16 Member Since 2014

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    "good book"

    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!

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    Sooner Techy Oklahoma City, Oklahoma United States 09-12-15
    Sooner Techy Oklahoma City, Oklahoma United States 09-12-15 Listener Since 2005
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    "Just Love Collins Insights and Research"

    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.

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    Jose 08-01-15
    Jose 08-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book!!!"

    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.

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