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Good to Great in 30 Minutes - The Expert Guide to Jim Collins's Critically Acclaimed Book (the 30 Minute Expert Series) Paperback – 1 Apr 2013

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  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Garamond Press (1 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623151198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623151195
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 613,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good Read for Time Pressed People 13 April 2013
By Sheryl - Published on
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Good to Great in 30 minutes is meant for busy people who are pressed for time. The book is no substitute for the original Jim Collins's book Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . and Others Don't. However, it does portray most of the highlight of the Jim Collins' famous book and the readers would definitely benefit from it. I was a bit uncertain about investing my money in the full version hard cover published over a decade ago so ordered a cheaper kindle version of the book summary to get an idea of Good to Great. Now, that I have gone through this 30 minute mini-series, I am confidant of the fruitfulness of Collins' Good to Great and intend to make it my next purchase.

Some critic could say that Collins does not provide us with any revolutionary means to attain greatness. The humility and drive of top management, the hiring of able staff, etc. are time proven management tactics. However, Collins provides the whole book in a manner that leaves a great impression on people (and not just from the management field as established by the Upside Critical Reception of the book) and asks them to reassess their management goals so that they could deal with their current problems while keeping their eye on the eventual success. He provides an example of Vice Admiral James Stockdale who was imprisoned for eight years. While accepting his current predicament, the Vice Admiral kept his persistent belief that he would be set free one day and that gave him motivation to deal with his present problems. Collins says that the companies that have achieved greatness from simply being "good" in the beginning are those that followed this theory.

This management book is based on facts and is a quick read. In fact, it also tells you how and where to apply the management theory so as to get full benefits. There are a couple of good examples in the book that highlights the "good to great theory". The book also helps you in your problem areas. All in all I think my money and time wisely utilized and I greatly look forward to reading the full original version.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Interesting and Applicable to Life Outside the Business World 21 May 2013
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In this extended review of Jim Collins' "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Other's Don't", the reader is given the main idea of the original in a compact version.

A solid overview, this definitely sparked my interest in reading the original to understand Jim Collins' research and theories. "Good to Great" also seems to be useful outside the business world. His "Hedgehog Concept" can be adapted by anyone seeking to change the course of their life: "Determine what you do better than anyone else in the world" can sound like a daunting challenge, however, the book encourages it's readers to focus their energy on a goal and stay true to that goal. Not allowing distractions to cloud your focus is paramount to success. It also warns against "using technology for technology's sake", which, in this day and age of being continuously in touch via our smartphones, that advice takes on an eerie weight. In the Age of Information, distraction is a mere finger-swipe away. A leader attempting to move the "flywheel" and patiently wait out trends that do not fit the vision, that distraction can make the difference between the company going from "Good to Great".
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Great to Awesome 20 May 2013
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This expert review of Jim Collins' Good to Great makes his ideas easy to apply to any business, school, or any sort of organization.

The book is organized in a straightforward manner: with key terms at the end and chapter references at the beginning, making it an awesome companion to the book it's referencing as well as a quick way to understand Collins' key ideas.

I very much enjoyed the 'critical reception' at the beginning of the book; it gave me a clear understanding of how this book was received at the time of its publication, and the legacy it's created for itself.

All in all, a great review.
This book is perfect for everyone! 22 May 2013
By Jennifer - Published on
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From the CEO to the college graduate, this book would be a great gift for everyone.

Good to Great in 30 Minutes is an excellent synopsis to Mr. Collins' award winning "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Other's Don't" published in 2001. I appreciated the clear and concise way he summarized his key points. This companion piece is crammed with great and useful information.

I was especially intrigued with his "Hedgehog Concept." Quite simply he states that companies, and individuals for that matter, need to focus on doing one thing, and doing that one thing well. I immediately grabbed a pen and paper and answered his three, key questions; What are you passionate about? What can you be the best at? What can actually make you a living? I felt much of his concepts echoed "The Purpose Driven Life" in that asking these questions can help us find our purpose, or drive, in life. I found myself nodding emphatically when I read his warning against using technology for technology sake. How many times, did I think to myself, did I lose focus on a specific task, just to "google" an unimportant question. After reading this book, I hope to focus and ignore those random distractions.
Stairway to Greatness 20 May 2013
By Mel Young - Published on
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In this condensed version of Jim Collins popular best-selling management book,'Good to Great,' specific steps towards greatness are presented in an easily digestible read. Based on extensive research, Collins' key terms appear fundamental for businesses who wish to make the "leap from good to great." Concrete examples provide validity to his theories, followed by concise applications for readers to make initiatives. Interesting metaphors like the "flywheel," can be applied to not just businesses, but churches, schools, and individuals wishing to improve their current positions, allowing 'The Expert Guide to Jim Collins' Good to Great in 30 Minutes' to stand on a universal bookshelf.
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