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Good To Great
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on 17 July 2017
Good to great summarises the findings from extensive research into what makes certain high performing companies outperform their peers. The findings are both interesting and capable of being replicated by any company that wishes to improve performance.

This book is very concise and full of interesting case studies. It was one of the few occasions when I wished the book could have been a bit longer.

Well researched, well written, well done!

Here are some of the learnings I will be taking away from this book:
• All Good to great (“GTG”) companies had a Level 5 leader
• Level 5 leaders consistently exhibit humility, modesty and an ability to reign in their ego.
• Many companies are drawn towards outgoing egocentric leaders and this is often the wrong choice.
• Level 5 leaders are more interested in something larger and more lasting than their own career
• GTG leaders concentrate on hiring the right people before deciding on strategy
• Don’t compromise when hiring. If you’re not confident then keep looking
• When someone needs to leave the company act quickly
• Give your best people the best opportunities and not your biggest problems
• GTG management teams have rigorous debates and aren’t afraid to share their views. But when a decision is made they act as one
• GTG companies ensure information flows give management the right facts to manage the business effectively
• GTG companies foster a culture where employee’s views are heard and acted upon
• GTG companies review failures without negative consequences for the people involved
• Figuring out how to motivate people is a waste of time. If you hire the right people they will motivate themselves.
• Good to great companies did one thing exceptionally well and stuck to it (the hedgehog process)
• GTG companies developed their strategy from a deep understanding of what they could be world class at. This was not a goal or intention but an understanding of reality
• GTG companies typically focussed on one KPI e.g. profit per customer
• GTG companies were incredibly disciplined and did not waste time and money on unrelated activities and acquisitions
• GTG companies used technology as an accelerator of, not creator of, momentum
• Careful consideration should be given to whether a given technology fits with your hedgehog concept
• GTG companies often looked like an overnight success from the outside but in reality they were long in the making and a result of persistent action over a long period of time.
• Preserve core values and purpose while strategies and practices endlessly adapt with the changing world
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on 17 July 2009
Spectacularly good. Unlike many books of this type, this isn't just one person's opinion. The book opens with a discussion of the research methodology (10 person-years of it) underlying the book. That alone makes it worth a dozen airport-departure-lounge management books.

It was also an easy listen (I had it on CD, listened to much of it 3 hours straight on a long car journey and wished I had a few more miles to go)

However I gave it four stars rather than five because it tended to veer off into excessive use of analogies/metaphors (three circles, hedgehog concepts and the rest) which for me made it harder to get at the detail, and more difficult to judge the strength of the evidence, than an unvarnished description of what they found.

Definitely, definitely read it if you are involved with management; and if you don't have time to read it all, read the first three chapters
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on 23 December 2016
Incredibly valuable and easy to read piece of work!
A stunningly enlightening study of winners and losers

As Exec Chairman of a pan-European SME, the easy read of this book has refuelled my determination to (try and) get it right. Unfortunately, bad companies managed by Rambo like individuals remain the norm on this side of the pond... Still very refreshing read about what works and what doesn't...
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on 20 July 2010
I read this book with great interest as it's selection criteria for the finally selected 11 companies was strict and the author does not withold any information on the selection process either. The end of the book lists its selection criteria, complete with a comprehensive FAQ section.

The final selection consists of 11 good to great companies (Selected from 1435 Fortune 500 companies) and 17 comparison companies that could not qualify. The primary selection process consisted of baselining the 'good to great' companies at three times the market for fifteen years including 15 years of good performance (1.25 time the general stock market) preceding the transition while the company had to be an established, on going company, not a startup.

Pretty strict criteria that has led to some eye opening findings. Most of the findings can be browsed by reading the reviews on the Amazon .co.uk and .com sites.

A MUST READ BOOK for all aspiring and current leaders.
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on 23 February 2018
Blew my mind an literally changed the way I’m running my business. It’s so well researched and well written that every leader should read this book.
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on 20 March 2015
This was a great book to study for a clearer understanding of the relationship between human ambition and organizations. The rise and fall of of both based on individual personality and leadership styles
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on 4 September 2008
This is essential reading for leaders of organisations. Collins used meticulous research to find out what enables companies to make the leap from good to great. He describes a number of common themes. One is 'level 5 leadership' - self-effacing servant leaders who build and empower their teams. Another is the emphasis on choosing the right people before aligning the strategy. The book is clear, concise and easy to read. If you want to build a high performance organisation then this work must be on your reading list.
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on 16 July 2017
What a great listen. Jim can be a little annoying in the ear occasionally but it's great to hear the author read his own work.
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on 30 August 2017
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on 28 December 2017
Fantastic, inspiring, well-written. Makes you want to keep on reading - even though its a 'business book'.
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