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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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    bjersery 04-11-17
    bjersery 04-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I'll listen to this one again"

    I will definitely listen to this book again and will continue to return to it for references and examples used throughout the book. Well worth listening to.

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    ARG 04-10-17
    ARG 04-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    This is a fantastic book that is a must read for anyone interested in finance/ business books or just understanding great management theory! I really enjoyed listening to this book and would take notes feverishly while listening. Though it was a fantastic listen, I would recommend actually buying the book so you can read and re read certain chapters and if need be highlight the important points that resonate with you.

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    Maximus0704 03-27-17
    Maximus0704 03-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not sure why this book is so popular"

    To be far, I only made it about a quarter of the way through the book. The narrator was SO OVER THE TOP and repetitive, I could do another 7 hours. The first chapters is an hour and could be summed up by saying "we did research to make this book".

    I love business books, but there are far more helpful and applicable ones than this.

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    Michael 03-27-17
    Michael 03-27-17
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    "Must read."

    So many great principles. Sometimes the statics get a little boring but I the end you will see the value even on that.

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    Evans 03-26-17
    Evans 03-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "By the end I was bored with this book"

    The last few chapters were boring and I had to choke my way through them.

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    Tintin Chicago IL 03-25-17
    Tintin Chicago IL 03-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Helpful"

    This is really worthwhile. The author is leader of a research team and I appreciate his detailed explanation of the methodology used. It is a careful analysis not to be confused with the popular retrospective case studies that find something successful and trace it backward to draw simple conclusions. This is much better, and what they found is interesting, sometimes counter intuitive, compelling, and will be practical in many different situations.

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    Bruno Vercelino da Hora 03-24-17
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    "Great Book"

    An excelente book with timeless principles to build a great company. Easy to listen and understand.

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    WPA Member 03-16-17
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    "Great production, sadly outdated"

    The author included an update in 2010 (which is now also out of date) that while some mentioned companies have since floundered, this does not discount that they did historically go from good to great. Unfortunately, companies like Fannie Mae had such recent perilous events they deserve direct mention.

    I agree the methods to produce good to great are still helpful. The last 16 years very likely produced at least one company that should be included in this analysis, and that will make the book more relevant.

    Additionally, updated research is critical or will be ignored. Surveys such as "no leaders marked technology as key" is most confidently not what current leaders would say- perhaps they will now say no technology without direct focus on human behavior and needs is key, but technology such as digital operations used the right way has definitely elevated floundering companies from good to phenomenally great.

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    L. joachim 03-06-17
    L. joachim 03-06-17
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    "Disappointed."
    What did you like best about Good to Great? What did you like least?

    While I do think the ideas may be sound, this book drags on. I was underwhelmed.
    It is possible to better convey the message in a short direct manner.


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    Earl_Conshy 03-01-17
    Earl_Conshy 03-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Informative"

    I am a young professional with 6 years of experience at a fortune 100 firm. I think this book gave great insight and gave great guidance on taking a company to that next level. I would say it is more for the upper to high-middle management but, I still feel that it was good info to have during my professional journey and rise within the company.

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