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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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    James P. Evans 12-15-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Not worth the read"

    For a class I had to read / listen to this book. It may have been to the point back when it was written. But now I do not see the worth. Examples he uses ironically had to be bailed out by the government when our economy crashed. So it is really good advise? In this economy I think a lot of books will need to be rewritten - unless you have to read this for class, I would pass

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    Richard Weaverville, NC, United States 02-11-11
    Richard Weaverville, NC, United States 02-11-11
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    "A well researched book"

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

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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.

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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
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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.

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    "Necessity for entrepreneurs"

    I can’t recommend this book enough for the people trying to gain the right entrepreneurial mindset. This book has great concepts firmly backed up by data. Well worth your time!
    “AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

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    Amazon Customer 11-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Read"

    Very well written book. Nicely explains the factors that turned some good companies to great. Narrator was great, and content is good. Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry

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    Amazon Customer Temple Terrace, FL United States 11-13-17
    Amazon Customer Temple Terrace, FL United States 11-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Read"

    This is a timeless business book that should be in everyone's library. I loved listening to it in audible, you will too. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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    Selcuk 11-13-17
    Selcuk 11-13-17
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    "Good book, poorly narrated"

    I've listened many audiobooks over the years. this one is the hardest one I should say. I think Jim Collins is a good researcher but not cut out to be a professional narrator. First of all his needless emphasize on each and every word is very tiresome for the listener. And he reads like he is reading an action novel. So when you are driving and listening, trying to learn something on the way, his aggresive style of reading didn't work for me. I almost quit the book but I decided not to because there were lots of good insights coming from his research.

    Maybe it's just me but, with a much professional narrator, I could've enjoyed this book better. On the other hand the data from his research is very valuable and should be studied by every mid and high level manager.

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    Srikanth Ramanujam East Brunswick, NJ 11-10-17
    Srikanth Ramanujam East Brunswick, NJ 11-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The Science of greatness"

    As an organizational change agent, I always had nagging questions about why organizations exist. In his previous book, "Built to Last" Jim Collins tried to answer the patterns on why great companies remain there. Now Jim tries to answer the question of how a good company can get to greatness. This book continues to add answers to that one question - why organizations exist, why should they exist and how to transform them to continue to exist. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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    ROHIT A. 11-02-17
    ROHIT A. 11-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very good read for anyone interested in corporate world"

    Lot of small things have been covered in great detail. Very logical..I liked the detail coverage about the personality traits of level 5 CEOs who have transformed the companies from good to great.

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