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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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    V. T. 04-03-15
    V. T. 04-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great promise, but turns out to be just noise"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More practical, more substance.


    What was most disappointing about Jim Collins’s story?

    The books starts off with a great promise. Unlike the usual "7 habits of successful people" and "10 steps to success", the author announced right away that his study was properly conducted, it has a control sample, and that the book will not only talk about commonalities of the "good to great" companies, but will also talk about the NECESSARY and SUFFICIENT characteristics (not just necessary) and that it will discuss what "good to great" companies have that "good" companies don't and vice versa.
    The author also promised not to fall into the trap of "if you can't explain it, blame it on leadership".
    Well, he did.
    The book turned out nothing but hours and hours of repeating the same main idea: it's all about the leadership. If you can't explain it, blame it on leadership. The only difference, the author invented a clever way to mask this obvious shortcoming by talking about "level 5" leadership. What that is is "putting company first", "being modest", "working hard", "making the right decisions", "having the right people" and other very trivial and useless advice. What the "right" people or the "right" decisions are, of course, depends on the specific case, so not much attention is devoted to that part.
    The book is written in the language that you would hear from a professional consultant who charges a lot and tells you what everybody already knows, but in a language that makes it sound impressive and evidence based. Still, it all boils down to having the "right" leadership, making the "right" choices, having the "right" people, working "hard" and other common sense.


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    Bryden Mt nasura, Australia 01-18-15
    Bryden Mt nasura, Australia 01-18-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting but Requires Revision"

    if you can get past the list of 'great' company's that haven't done that great. its a worth while read as it is so frequently referenced (often badly) in current literature.

    I think the basic message of this book that the right type of simplicity is very hard but very worthwhile is still valid.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beth 10-23-17
    Beth 10-23-17
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    "LOVE LOVE LOVE"

    Seriously love this book. It was a book I was disappointed to end, even though it was on the self-help spectrum of books. I will probably listen to it again and again. I highly recommend it and believe everybody in any form of leadership position (personal, business, religious, or community) should read this and adhere to the knowledge he shares.

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    Michael Polk 10-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great"

    I didn't expect this book to be as helpful our insightful as I was. I thoroughly enjoyed the second on level 5 leaders.

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    Robb Lightfoot 10-02-17
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    "I appreciate the book that is unabridged "

    it's great to see a book that is both scholarly and entertaining. I appreciate the fact that the author it takes the time to describe tables that appear in the book that I obviously can't be just read as numbers in an audiobook.

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    Mike 09-20-17
    Mike 09-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic book for businesses and others"

    Must read about level 5 Management. read by the author. Provides incredible insights to life.

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    Jan Michael Jenkins 09-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "...To Great!"

    Simply an outstanding book. So many incredible nuggets. If you don't read this book you're a fool!

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    Amazon Customer 09-09-17
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    "the research in book is incredible "

    i love this book would definitely recommend it to a friend. it was very interesting.

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    Anonymous 09-05-17
    09-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very well done and supported with Data"

    Loved the book and reading. The book is both insightful and educational around life in Business.

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    Amazon Customer 08-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good to Great is just good"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Analysis and studies are interesting, I would like to learn more about them. However, the author seems to want to create an ideology. Much if it is business 101 and general IO/Psychology & leadership.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was listenable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    It was listenable. He made it sound too preachy, like this was the only perspective business leaders should take.


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to Good to Great?

    Those starting to dive into the understanding of leadership, company culture and self awareness in the workplace.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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