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Decline can be avoided. Decline can be detected. Decline can be reversed.

Amidst the desolate landscape of fallen great companies, Jim Collins began to wonder: How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? How far can a company fall before the path toward doom becomes inevitable and unshakable? How can companies reverse course?

In How the Mighty Fall, Collins confronts these questions, offering leaders the well-founded hope that they can learn how to stave off decline and, if they find themselves falling, reverse their course. Great companies can stumble, badly, and recover. Every institution, no matter how great, is vulnerable to decline. There is no law of nature that the most powerful will inevitably remain at the top. Anyone can fall and most eventually do.

But, as Collins' research emphasizes, some companies do indeed recover. Decline, it turns out, is largely self-inflicted, and the path to recovery lies largely within our own hands. We are not imprisoned by our circumstances, our history, or even our staggering defeats along the way. As long as we never get entirely knocked out of the game, hope always remains. The mighty can fall, but they can often rise again.

©2009 Jim Collins; (P)2009 Jim Collins

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Another great book by a great author.

Jim Collins does a great job explaining how the mighty can fall. This book is a good read for every business owner and manager because it illustrates what things to look for to avoid a fall in business. It is a true page-turner and there is never a dull moment during the read.

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Excellent

Loved it. I really appreciate Jim's perspective on business success and failure. As a business owner, I always learn something.

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jim Collins is the best

if you are in business you need this book. get a note pad and a pen

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The results of the research should be common sense

Jim Collins does great research and explains it in a compelling way. The result of this research may be more important than ever for the US as we seem to lurching in a search for silver bullets. But the research suggests that companies in great peril, can recover, so I hope too our nation can get its head on straight and do the work to rebuild itself to being great. Our leaders would do well to read and heed the wisdom in this book.

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Great book... a little too passionate reading

i loved the book and the learning contained. the narrator... also the author... was a little too over dramatic many times... just not required...distracting....

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Great insights from amazing research

This is kind of an add on to the massive research projects, and does help between books. I enjoy his passion about the topics, but it can feel like you're being yelled at at times.

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Great Book; Don't Listen to Critics

I was somewhat hesitant to listen to this because of negative reviews. I should not have been. Collins is a great author AND an excellent narrator. Those criticizing his performance might prefer their audiobooks served up as bland as melba toast, but Collins is a fine narrator.

This isn't as life-changing as Good to Great, but so what? That's like saying Michael Jordan was less of a superstar during the game when he shot 35 instead of 40 points. Still a great player and game.

Worth a read/listen to find out how great companies decline.

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Authors should never read their own book

The performance was terrible. Authors should never be allowed to read their own books. It's hard to express in words how bad this is.

Most of the time I don't mind when authors read their own books, but this was truly terrible. If I could give it a negative amount of stars, I would.

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Great book!!!

Typical quality of Jim Collins. Although some people say that Jim over reacts when reading the book, I found it entertaining. It met my expectations even though it is a short book.

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Great book

Great business lessons as always from Collins. We can all use their insight in our role as leaders.