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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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    Joseph 10-31-16
    Joseph 10-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great lessons in how to be GREAT"

    Jim and his team do a fantastic job of truly driving to the core of what makes a great leader and a great company. The right people in the right seat is a concept that outlasts the popularity of the book and develops other ideals throughout the globe.

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    Mike Christensen 10-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great information - very useful"

    This book is full of excellent information. This is a must read for every business manager. The narration was too much for me. Mr. Collins became annoying with his aggressive style of narration almost yelling at times. I have read the book a few times and had to take a break from the audible version because of the narration. Aside from that I would and have recommended this to anyone who works in an organization you want to see improve.

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    back in school 10-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Phenomenal listen"

    loved it! great material that really was made excellent by listening to the author reading it, giving additional insights & really sharing his passion for what he wrote!

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    Rebecca E Haas 10-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Keeping yourself on a path of good to great"

    This book was a great overview of the findings of the study and was a perfect fit for me to read as I experience exponential growth at my own company. Many kudos to the research team on building out the hedgehog concept and its simple format, and I love the idea of "get the right people on the bus." it is sometimes harder to implement, but I am inspired to improve hiring processes at all levels to benefit my own organization.

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    Maciej 10-15-16
    Maciej 10-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Results of insightful research"

    The author presents results of insightful research, not so called "obvious truths" (in fact he proves that some of them have little impact on company's leap). I think it may be a cold shower, a punch, that may change a way you evaluate your company, its leadership and executive decisions. Personally, I took many notes of key points.

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    Ken Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-06-16
    Ken Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-06-16 Member Since 2012
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    "The best business book ever"

    Inspirational and useful. Every business can get better by paying attention to the lessons in Good to Great. This audio book is one I re-listen to about once every six months.

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    VeryTamiz Greenbelt, MD 10-05-16
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    "Focus on the principles, not the companies"

    I started listening with some skepticism, however as the chapters went by, I became a believer that the principles are timeless and useful to everyone, not just companies or large organizations.

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    B. Aylward San Diego, CA 10-04-16
    B. Aylward San Diego, CA 10-04-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Outdated"

    Althougg the concepts are applicable today, the companies examined are very outdated. For instance, stating that Circuit City is a good to great company and they are no longer in business after filing bankruptcy seems ridiculous.

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    RLM Rome, Lazio Italy 09-23-16
    RLM Rome, Lazio Italy 09-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Must Read"

    This is a "disciplined" bright insightful book about excellent management based on massive well structured and driven research.
    The conclusions are thoughtful intriguing and appropriately motivated.
    Having it read by the author, with all his enthusiasm and partecipation, is a non neglectable plus.

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    James Wilhite 09-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not Required Reading/Listening"

    There were very few gems in this book. I think that this might be useful to floundering companies that don't know why they're floundering, but I don't see much added value outside of that.

    As for the audio, the reader over-punctuates and repeats himself too much. OVer.PUNCtuates.and.rePEATS.himself. It drove me nuts.

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