- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperBusiness; 01 edition (1 Jan. 1900)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0066620996
- ISBN-13: 978-0066620992
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.7 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't Hardcover – 1 Jan 1900
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Five years ago Jim Collins asked the question, "Can a good company become a great company, and if so, how?" In Good to Great Collins, the author of Built to Last concludes that it is possible, but finds that there are no silver bullets to greatness. Collins and his team of researchers began their quest by sorting through a list of 1,435 companies, looking for those that made substantial improvements in their performance over time. They finally settled on 11--including Gillette, Walgreens and Wells Fargo--and discovered common traits that challenged many of the conventional notions of corporate success. Making the transition from good to great doesn't require a high-profile CEO, the latest technology, innovative change management or even a fine-tuned business strategy. At the heart of those rare and truly great companies was a corporate culture that rigorously found and promoted disciplined people to think and act in a disciplined manner. Peppered with dozens of stories and examples from the great and not-so-great, Collins lays a well-reasoned roadmap to excellence that any organisation would do well to consider. 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. --Harry C Edwards --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
One of the top ten business books of 2001- Business Week.
One of the top ten business books of 2001 -- Business Week
One of the top ten business books of 2001--Business Week
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1) Good is the enemy of great - how people thinking things are good enough prevents the leap to great
2) Leadership - defining the characteristics of the leader required for exceptional performance
3) People - figuring out who in the organisation makes the difference, then figuring out what to do
4) Accepting the truth of the situation - no matter how awful, yet have faith in a successful conclusion
5) The 'hedgehog' - do only what you can succeed at, cut all other distractions
6) Discipline - great businesses are build upon great people doing the same things, in a repeatable and consistent manner, over and over again
7) Use of technology to accelerate the business, but remaining mindful of the pitfalls
8) Doom Loops / Positive Flywheel - failure leads to failure, and the momentum of success breeds success
9) Built to last - how to build an enduring legacy that isn't dependent on single key individuals (it will be interesting to see the long term performance of Apples in the absence of Steve Jobs)
There isn't a lot in the book that you can argue with, and it provides lessons for businesses (and individuals) of all sizes. All the topics are presented well, in an engaging manner.
Well worth the time it takes to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A book that I have read time and time again. Possible one of the greatest business books ever written on the subject of greatness. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mike Grogan
Not a new book but very good. I learnt a great deal from the excellent research that Collins and his team carried out. Read morePublished 5 months ago by richarde
An excellent book and great if read in conjunction with the Advantage by Patrick Lencioni. It's a harder read than the Advantage but worth the effort. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jephson279