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Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

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Publisher's Summary

Built to Last, the defining management study of the '90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning.

But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? Are there those that convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? If so, what are the distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great?

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. The findings include:

  • Level 5 Leadership: A surprising style, required for greatness
  • The Hedgehog Concept: Finding your three circles, to transcend the curse of competence
  • A Culture of Discipline: The alchemy of great results
  • Technology Accelerators: How good-to-great companies think differently about technology
  • The Flywheel and the Doom Loop: Why those who do frequent restructuring fail to make the leap

©2001 Jim Collins (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Like Built to Last, Good to Great is one of those books that managers and CEOs will be reading and rereading for years to come." (Amazon.com review)

"If you believe that a visionary leader with a strong ego is an essential component of sustained business success, then Jim Collins has a few thousand words for you. His carefully researched audiobook explains that the success of companies that outperform the market for 15 years in a row comes from selfless leadership, rigorous focus, and a culture of discipline....[T]here's another reason this book has burst through as a bestseller, which you can feel in Collins's narration: He is honestly excited about his research and unconventional findings. (AudioFile)

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    mark Decatur, GA, United States 08-24-10
    mark Decatur, GA, United States 08-24-10
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    "Terrible"

    This book is over simplified dividing the world into two random groups "hedgehogs vs foxes" which is totally arbitrary. It's amusing in a way to listen to it now hearing him extol the virtues of such dynamite companies like Circuit City and Fannie Mae...the fact that he holds such companies so highly and draws his lessons from study of these companies seems to completely undermine all his conclusions. Avoid this crappy, boring, book.

    49 of 83 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Weaverville, NC, United States 02-11-11
    Richard Weaverville, NC, United States 02-11-11

    Writer, Reader, Former Bookseller (RIP Borders)

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    "A well researched book"

    Well researched. Counter-intuitive conclusions. Easy to listen to narration. Definitely worth the time and money.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    M. Rubio New York, NY USA 09-04-10
    M. Rubio New York, NY USA 09-04-10 Member Since 2016

    mo stuff

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    "will become a classic"

    The principals described in this book just make sense, therefore required reading. There may be other things that also help companies go from good to great, but its hard to argue against the logic of these principals. Thank you Jim for synthesizing them so nicely.

    As for the criticism regarding the eventual downturn of companies in the study sample, Jim answers this clearly at the end of the book. In short this book is not about companies - its about principals. Some companies eventually stop adhering to the principals to their detriment.

    11 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Ilya 05-23-17
    Ilya 05-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Brings Clarity To Life"

    Brilliantly researched, laid out, and narrated. Makes the complex simple, makes you smarter, makes life more meaningful and more worth living. Not just a business book, or a success book, this borders on applied philosophy. Most highly recommended.

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    Nilou Davoudi Calgary, Canada 05-20-17
    Nilou Davoudi Calgary, Canada 05-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Too repetitive"

    Some good material but overall it is too over rated. I think there are better titles out there

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    Lysa 05-04-17
    Lysa 05-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Foundational to soar high in business, in life"

    A lot of the leadership books are based on this one, a must have for your business, for life.

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    "inspirational and insightful"

    A great listen, pun intended. I enjoyed the stories within and the story of the sculptur was my favorite.

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    Nathaniel Brooks 04-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "This book actually provides evidence not just anecdotes."

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was clear that a ton of research went into writing this. I appreciate a book that has stronger evidence than selectively chosen anecdotes to back up claims. Mr. Collins and colleagues, thank you for writing such a good book.

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    pvl 04-25-17
    pvl 04-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great book"

    great data based understanding of what it takes to be great. it was really helpful to me

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    "Interesting Concept"

    The first couple chapters kind of slow. The rest of the book was good. Very interesting if you are in managemrnt. It was educational.

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