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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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  • 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)
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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.

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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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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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A great book. Helps one to makes progress in business. Definitely recommend
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Loving it - clear points based on rigorous research. A game changer for businesses serious about making positive changes.
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A book on management based on research, instead of someone's personal view on what should work. A great book!
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Very interesting book
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Insightful
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This book was written based upon an extensive study of why some companies are truly great and some remain just mediocre (or good as the author relates to them). The authors basic findings are:

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.
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