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Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Other's Don't

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By:

Narrated By: Jim Collins

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: July 2010

Duration: 10 hours 4 minutes


Built To Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning.

But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? Are there those that convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? If so, what are the distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great?

Over five years, Jim Collins and his research team have analyzed the histories of 28 companies, discovering why some companies make the leap and others don't. The findings include:

* Level 5 Leadership: A surprising style, required for greatness.
* The Hedgehog Concept: Finding your three circles, to transcend the curse of competence.
* A Culture of Discipline: The alchemy of great results.
* Technology Accelerators: How good-to-great companies think differently about technology.
* The Flywheel and the Doom Loop: Why those who do frequent restructuring fail to make the leap.


  • Dan Gilhooly

    I would highly recommend this to anyone, great concepts and very insightful.

  • Ruben Banuelos

    Chapters 5 and on just fly with enticing information! Couldn't stop listening to it at that point.

  • Jessica Carper

    Great listen! I am not a CEO or business owner, but will be able to find many uses for the shared insights of this book.

  • John Van Iperen

    Well researched and a great read. definitely learned a lot.

  • Matt Singletary

    It was an enjoyable and interesting book and seems to be a well-done study with principle findings that can be applied for successful living

  • Dustin wallace

    Very good book. Extremely inspirational if your open minded to a common sense approach to elevating the quality of your business

  • Joe Gonzalez

    The Best Book I ever read or listen to awesome book

  • John Rebimbas

    This is not a "good" book! It's a "GREAT" book. Simply Awesome ... Great job Jim!

  • John VonDoloski

    Great book. Very helpful and enjoyable. Definitely worth the read. Helps all types of companies large and small.

  • Donnie Tuttle

    Essential book to business. A little redundant but excellent. Narration is okay.