Jim Collins
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Jim Collins

Jim Collins is a student and teacher of what makes great companies tick, and a Socratic advisor to leaders in the business and social sectors. Having invested more than a quarter century in rigorous research, he has authored or coauthored six books that have sold in total more than 10 million copies worldwide. They include Good to Great, the #1 bestseller, which examines why some companies make the leap to superior results, along with its companion work Good to Great and the Social Sectors; the enduring classic Built to Last, which explores how some leaders build companies that remain visionary for generations; How the Mighty Fall, which delves into how once-great companies can self-destruct; and Great by Choice, which is about thriving in chaos--why some do, and others don't.

His most recent publication is Turning the Flywheel. It explores how leaders can best harness the flywheel effect to build and accelerate momentum.

Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he conducts research and engages with CEOs and senior-leadership teams.

In addition to his work in the business sector, Jim has a passion for learning and teaching in the social sectors, including education, healthcare, government, faith-based organizations, social ventures, and cause-driven nonprofits. In 2012 and 2013, he had the honor to serve a two-year appointment as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Jim holds a bachelor's degree in mathematical sciences and an MBA from Stanford University, and honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado and the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. In 2017, Forbes selected Jim as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds.

Jim has been an avid rock climber for more than forty years and has completed single-day ascents of El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite Valley.

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Best Sellers

    • Good to Great

    • Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
    • By: Jim Collins
    • Narrated by: Jim Collins
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,641
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,806
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,742

    Over five years, Jim Collins and his research team have analyzed the histories of 28 companies, discovering why some companies make the leap and others don't....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good info, over-the-top narration

    • By Anaxamaxan on 08-31-10
    • Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
    • By: Jim Collins
    • Narrated by: Jim Collins
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Release date: 07-13-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 10,641 ratings

    Regular price: $36.50

    • Turning the Flywheel

    • A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great
    • By: Jim Collins
    • Narrated by: Jim Collins
    • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    A companion guide to the number one best-selling Good to Great, focused on implementation of the flywheel concept, one of Jim Collins’ most memorable ideas that has been used across industries and the social sectors and with start-ups....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • audible version misses the charts

    • By Mingster on 03-07-19

    Regular price: $17.10

    • Great by Choice

    • By: Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated by: Jim Collins
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,368
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,014
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007

    Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Real Insight!!

    • By Kurt on 11-03-11

    Regular price: $27.37

    • How the Mighty Fall

    • And Why Some Companies Never Give In
    • By: Jim Collins
    • Narrated by: Jim Collins
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 814
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 808

    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....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Collins is always right

    • By Roger on 07-07-09

    Regular price: $36.50

    • How the Mighty Fall (Excerpt)

    • By: Jim Collins
    • Narrated by: Jim Collins
    • Length: 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 61

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good excerpt

    • By Daniel K Jackson on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $0.00

    • Oben bleiben. Immer [Great by Choice. Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck]

    • Warum einige Unternehmen trotz allem Erfolg haben [Why Some Thrive Despite Them All]
    • By: Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated by: Matthias Ernst Holzmann
    • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Vom Autor des Bestsellers „Der Weg zu den Besten“. Wir können die Zukunft nicht vorhersehen. Aber wir können sie erschaffen. Ungewissheit, Chaos - na und? Trotz der anhaltenden wirtschaftlichen Unsicherheit florieren einige Unternehmen, während andere scheitern....

    Regular price: $24.95

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