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Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras took 18 truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. They examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day - as start-ups, as midsize companies, and as large corporations. Throughout, the authors asked: "What makes the truly exceptional companies different from the comparison companies and what were the common practices these enduringly great companies followed throughout their history?"

Filled with hundreds of specific examples and organized into a coherent framework of practical concepts that can be applied by managers and entrepreneurs at all levels, Built to Last provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the 21st century and beyond.

©2011 Jim Collins (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Worst audio book doesn’t even read the book

This is absolutely bs the book and the audio book aren’t the same what the hell is the point of having and audio book if the reading version is different

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dated

There are so many better books on the topic of building a successful business that are more topical and applicable. Built To Last feels like what it is, a 23 year old business book written by professors with no business experience.

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Great compliment to other books in this series.

I've read all the books in the series but wanted to try it on audible. it was really nice to be able to listen to the book learned a lot again and I'm going to go through it in the future one more time

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A good book about business

This is a good book, but from time to time I was under the impression that there are some irrelevant information given to fit the time and space. I think the whole information can be fitted into half the time and actually half the book. Otherwise interesting and good content for entrepreneurs and business people

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Built to last

A long overdue read for me. The principles of building a lasting, visionary company remain true today. I would love to see an updated version of this book in the tech era of the 2020s. Have any fundamentals changed?

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Some great insights by Jim Collins' book!

Jim Collins through Built to Last offers some great insights as to how the great entrepreneurs started their enterprise quest. What they are investing in heavily, how they want to work with and the internal drive that lies within them. Inspiring book. It is a must!

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Fantastic principles that yield lasting change!!

Absolutely loved it, especially the focus in the end of how this also applies to our personal lives. Over the years I've clearly observed that leaders cannot thrive in their organizations if they aren't thriving in their personal lives.

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Read this one first

Fabulous book as usual. I view this as a prequel to the other two. The comparisons between visionary companies and their counterparts are clear and tangible. As I’ve come to expect with Jim Collins books, this one made me pumped to get to work and create something amazing.

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just can't get enough, best minds, best research

Jim Collins original great work, makes me inspired to be as good as I can in my professional field. Loved it as much as I did Good to Great

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Simply the Best!

Based in Research and true over time. This book has been that backbone of my company for the last 3 years and it is just as relevant now as it was then. 😎