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Good to Great Audiobook

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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    kirschi 01-16-17
    kirschi 01-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "In one word: Gamechanger"

    This is one of the most insightful books I've read on what makes great organizations tick.
    Based on concrete empirical data, and with tangible, practical, albeit hard to do, advice, this is The book for anyone wishing to bring their organization to greatness.
    A must read for, well, every human.

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    Deltona, FL United States 01-14-17
    Deltona, FL United States 01-14-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Still relevant in today's environment"

    Excellent detailed guide of how to succeeded or how to fail. There was a few reviews that question the relevancy of the information in the book, well it still applies today, and is more important than ever.

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    J. C. Cheng Hawaii 01-11-17
    J. C. Cheng Hawaii 01-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great work and better if applied"

    It takes a lot to gather and analyze data for such a work but truly a great way to look at what are principles that can be applied to take a company from good to great and to be intentional in working towards that.

    Thank you.

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    Amazon Customer 01-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "inspirational, influential, and motivating"

    Must read for anybody that has a business or in the sales industry. Kinda of a long audio but its worth it.

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    Calvin Rastall Sasebo, Japan 01-05-17
    Calvin Rastall Sasebo, Japan 01-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good read, but not good for me."

    Collins speaks at length about level-5 leaders. An entire book could have been dedicated to that idea alone. I'm in the Navy, the king of bureaucracy, and unless I become an admiral one day, not sure how this book truly speaks to me. Of course Collins tries to save face by letting the reader know you can be the leader in your own bubble of influence. If that was the case, I would have preferred more practical examples such as the cross country team at the end of the book.

    Read this book if you are an entrepreneur or been promoted to a position to make more meaningful changes in the culture of your sphere.

    Why some businesses succeed and others exist is such a broad and deep topic. Narrowing it down to three spheres and a hedgehog theory only scratches the surface. To be fair, his team and the study they undertook was notable and if you search hard enough you're going to find the results you were hoping to find.

    This book, to me, is complimentary to Simon Sinek's "Start With Why." Collins advocates to start with Who, and that's not always a fair place to start in my opinion, unless you are at the beginning of a journey.

    Like many books on Leadership and Management I read, no one book is the burning bush. Take pieces of it, apply to what works or what deem as important, and use the collective to frame your philosophy.

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    James Duncan 12-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Material!"

    I found the book to be full off great insight with tons or research to back it! Probably the best book I've read on my leadership journey!

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    Pet 12-24-16
    Pet 12-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Truly Excellent!"

    This work was so impressive, I found myself thinking of all the people I wanted to share it with.
    I have a small start up business in Ireland, the lessons within this work are priceless to me. I recommend this to anyone in business or working in a business where they wish to contribute more and get ahead!

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    Jlb 12-12-16
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    "A Great insight into Greatness"

    I loved this book. The team did an outstanding job in researching and extracting some common themes that made companies great. The best part, is that there is actionable insight; which can be applied to companies, team and even in your own personal life.

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    Carnivore 12-11-16
    Carnivore 12-11-16
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    "Neither Good nor Great..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It drags on and on with little substance.


    What was most disappointing about Jim Collins’s story?

    The most disappointing part of the book is the inordinately huge amount of time the author spends talking about writing the book. (zzzzzzzzzzzzz.)


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Could you see Good to Great being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    LOL


    Any additional comments?

    To be fair I made it about 6 hours into the book before deciding that I couldn't waste anymore of my life on this book. I have not listened to the whole thing.

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    Steve 12-07-16
    Steve 12-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Disappointed in Good to Great book"

    I was honestly pretty disappointed with this book.It focused so much on big corporations that I had a hard time relating.

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