• Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't
ISBN: 0066620996
EAN13: 9780066620992
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 16, 2001
Pages: 400
Dimensions: 1.3" H x 9.3" L x 6" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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   Interesting, capturing, great learning experience
Finished reading mine. The author talks about many aspects of a company that make it great. Philip Morris is a great company because of their products. The number of aha experiences I had while reading the book is something I like. There are only a few books like Innovators Dilemma. Building to Last is a book written by the same author and will make a great book to read. The arguments in this book are well-explained. Many questions went through my mind when I read a conclusion. At some point in the book, they were almost always answered.
 
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   One of the best business books you can read
I've read other books, but this one is more important to creating a successful company. Jim's Good to Great is one of the marketing books by Al Ries and Jack Trout. Al Ries wrote Especially Focus, which is based on the principle of the good to great, which is to pick one thing and put the whole company behind it. The Level 5 leadership concept is the biggest break-through in the book, as I have not seen anyone discuss it before. If you don't have a Leve 5 leader, you're probably fighting a losing battle.
 
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   Re-evaluate your strengths
Adding this one to your personal library is something you can't go wrong with. Good to Great by Jim Collins details many elements of sound business practices. The book's main message is that the company's strengths are constantly re-examined. The companies covered in the book learned to deal with bad information honestly, changed direction because of it, and turned lemons into lemonade. The CEO's of these companies deserve a lot of credit for setting aside their egos to turn their companies around. It's worth it to add this one to your library.
 
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   Too much fluff.
Good, but it could have been a pamphlet. To long and inward praise focused to be valuable. It would have been great if it cut out all the BS and just stuck to the findings. Good info, but a lot of it is useless.
 
5
   Good to Great!
The book is very useful for any company owner or employee. Jim Collins brings management and work ethic into a simplistic form. Companies that are good and companies that are great are different. The book had a delightful surprise in the form of the Hedgehog Concept. I have not heard of the famous essay. This concept is the topic of the 5th chapter of the book and I refer to it often. A Hedgehog has a single vision and develops a system to make it work. They know how to simplify their worlds. Are you a fox or a hedgehog? Reading Good to Great will give you a clear understanding of this and many other concepts, bringing the workplace to a new level. Good to Great is a good choice for all in pursuit of excellence.
 
5
   Amazing Research!
All of the books on this list have great research, but Good to Great is the best. Jim Collins and his research team studied how companies in the Fortune 500 went from good to great. The study needs at least 25 years of good performance followed by 15 years of 3 times the market performance to make it. 11 companies made the cut. One of the best books I've read is about motivation. The book makes the case for mastery and purpose more than any other I've read. Even though the book focuses on large publicly held companies, the principles will work with any size organization.
 
5
   GREAT
This is a must read for anyone that wants to change their business for the better. Collins has an objective measure of success. It works flat out.
 
5
   Very interesting read
The book talks about companies that went through a multi-year transformation that had a long lasting impact on their business performance. Examples of companies that went from being mediocre to phenomenal businesses with sustained high performance as proven by the stock price and profitability metrics are laid out. Counter-examples of companies that didn't make the transformation while being given the same opportunities in the same industry are laid out. It takes a deep dive into the factors that differentiate a good-to-great company from the rest and lays out a strategy that can be applied by any person or management. I found this book interesting and thought of other people who have achieved success in their field by applying a similar strategy. This shows that the strategy in this book is applicable.
 
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   Fundamentally flawed, don't buy.
This book criticizes Fads. The companies in the book have failed spectacularly following their business models. How did Fannie Mae's gambling with Wallstreet go in 2008? Walgreens became a bloated celebrity-obsessed corporation and enabled Theronos. After deregulation, Wells Fargo abandoned the safe banking model and started robbing their customers and engaging in massive fraud. They sat there and rotted away, then were obliterated by the internet, because they focused on quality delivery experience. The list goes on. Don't buy it.
 
4
   great read!!!
I had to read this book for my business class at the University of Georgia. I want to say that I enjoyed the read. Jim Collins used all of the data gathered by his team to make his arguments very strong. Collins's arguments are not as strong because some of the great businesses have gone out of business. His ideas for why a company could go from good to great are all valid. This book does a good job of giving a cohesive understanding of what they researched and how it came to be in a form that is easy to understand. It is well written and well researched.
 
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