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Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't (edition 2001)

by Jim Collins

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Title:Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't
Authors:Jim Collins
Info:HarperBusiness (2001), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 300 pages
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Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't by Jim Collins



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I learned a bit from this book, and was impressed at the analysis that went into it. Interesting to see that two of the companies are not great anymore (as noted by others, Fannie Mae & Circuit City). Level 5 leadership is needed everywhere. I need to read this again! ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
Even though this book is over 10 years old, the concepts are still relevant and provide guidance on how to manage effectively for the long haul. Following the principles can assist with getting better employee engagement and formulating a business strategy designed for success. It's important to note that many of these concepts will take some effort and that there are no "silver bullets" that can suddenly turn a failing company into a great one, however the author does a great job of explaining the principal differences between the companies that took off (what he refers to as the "fly wheel") and those who remained stagnant or died.

I did some additional research and while the majority of the companies on the "good to great" list are no longer "great" - I found that many of these companies made changes that deviated from the principles outlined in the book. Would these companies have declined if they hadn't made those changes? We'll never know for certain, since the research is merely inductive and there is no way to prove causation. I do know this is a wonderful book for mentoring new managers and getting them on course to be excellent leaders. ( )
  Neftzger | Apr 16, 2017 |
This could be used as an independent reading.
  jeffreydean | Feb 5, 2017 |
Orig:s titel: Good to great. Why some companies make the leap ... and others don't (2001)
  Biovitrum | Jan 30, 2017 |
All hype aside, you can question the author's research method. Heck, you can even argue that the conclusion and subsequent proposal on how to go from a good-to-great company is by and large common sense. But, being involved in positions that bring me in direct contact with key decision makers, you'd be amazed by how bullish, irrational and brazen decisions can be made. So, every now and then it's good to have someone remind us about what it takes to run a great company. ( )
  perhapstoopink | Sep 25, 2016 |
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Jim Collins new book is titled Good To Great. If you haven't read it yet, buy, beg, or borrow it. It's that important.
Collins calls Good To Great a "prequel" to his hugely successful Built To Last. I call it the most important Business Leadership book I have read in a long time.

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Pourquoi certaines entreprises affichant des performances plutot moyennes décolent ils soudain pour rejoinder le peloton de tete?

Peandant 5 ans Jim Collins et sn équipe de chercheurs se sont attelés à cette vaste question pour débusquer le secret de la conversion à l'excellence. Onze entreprises , retenues pour leur performances boursières très supérieures à celles de leur secteur , ont été comparées à leurs concurrentes . Les conclusions qui en ressortent sont étonnantes !
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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 there are no silver bullets. 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 Fannie Mae, 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, the book offers a well-reasoned road map to excellence that any organization 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

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A cogent, well-argued and instructive guide establishing the definition of a good-to-great transition--one that involves a 10-year fallow period followed by 15 years of increased profits. Collins generated this book from the findings of 11 Fortune 500 companies' stellar successes.… (more)

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