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How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In | [Jim Collins]

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

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?
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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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    Alexander T. McMahon Silicon Valley, CA 06-14-12
    Alexander T. McMahon Silicon Valley, CA 06-14-12 Member Since 2008

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a good analysis of the critical reasons that once great companies fall. Very rich analysis and analogies to demonstrate key points.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There have been several comments panning the drama that Collins uses in his vocal presentation. I disagree. He speaks as though was making a passionate point in one of his classes. It's a performance!


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    darryl MANCHESTER, MICHIGAN, United States 03-26-12
    darryl MANCHESTER, MICHIGAN, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up How the Mighty Fall in three words, what would they be?

    I thought this book was excellent. It shows that even at the highest levels of performance and business that the basics of work ethic, logic, and following fundamental practices are paramount for sustained success.


    What other book might you compare How the Mighty Fall to and why?

    Great by Choice
    From Good to Great


    Have you listened to any of Jim Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is as good as the other Jim Collins audio books. I highly recommend it.


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    Doug Annandale, VA, United States 02-13-12
    Doug Annandale, VA, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2004
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    "The Flip Side of Collins' Good to Great Research"

    I've read Jim Collins' other research books (Built to Last, Good to Great, Great by Choice), and finally listened to this one. The recommendations are backed by solid research, something that is not the case with many other business books.

    Collins reads this book himself. He's sometimes overly dramatic as a reader, but you can certainly tell which ideas he thinks are the most important.

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    DougS51 02-13-12
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    "The Flip Side of Collins' Good to Great Research"

    I've read Jim Collins' other research books (Built to Last, Good to Great, Great by Choice), and finally listened to this one. The recommendations are backed by solid research, something that is not the case with many other business books.

    Collins reads this book himself. He's sometimes overly dramatic as a reader, but you can certainly tell which ideas he thinks are the most important.

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    John 12-12-11
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    "Knowing your weak points can make you stronger."

    Over and over Jim Collins puts out wonderful books. The research and time put into these books is unusual because the authors seem more concerned with meaningful books than sales of the book itself. Perhaps they see both as the same thing and the book worked. If you read each of Jim's books you will see he approaches the same subject from different angles and the insights are very valuable. How the Mighty Fall is another great perspective on durable effective business concepts.

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    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 08-12-10
    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 08-12-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Clarity, focus and inspiring"

    To be sure, these are stories of failures. But more so, these are lessons on how to be successful. What are the signs of danger? What action do you take to recovery? How to navigate in through the tough and successful times. I look forward to the next book as I just ordered the hardback version of this to have for reference and review.

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    Keith Chesapeake, VA, Virgin Islands, U.S. 04-07-10
    Keith Chesapeake, VA, Virgin Islands, U.S. 04-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great read"

    This book focuses much on the elements of what it takes to succeed not all about why they fail which is a good thing. It identifies key pivot points in either failing or succeeding. Worth the quick read.

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    Daryle F Williams 03-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A Must Read for Leaders"

    If you enjoyed Jim Collins first two books, "Built To Last" and "Good To Great," you will love this book.

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    Terry Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada 12-15-09
    Terry Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada 12-15-09
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    "Maintains High Standard"

    This book is a continuation of the high standards I've come to expect from Jim Collins. He and his team make valuable observations about business strategies based on a solid base of research. I highly recommend this book as an accompaniment to Good to Great.

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    I really enjoyed this book. I think this book is the best one yet.

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