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Built to Last, the defining management study of the 90s, 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, and 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 twenty-eight 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; and
  • The Flywheel and the Doom Loop: why those who do frequent restructuring fail to make the leap.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “This carefully researched and well-written book disproves most of the current management hype—from the cult of the superhuman CEO to the cult of IT to the acquisitions and merger mania. It will not enable mediocrity to become competence. But it should enable competence to become excellence.”

    Peter F. Drucker

  • “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 LastGood to Great is one of those books that managers and CEOs will be reading and rereading for years to come.” 

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “Like a lot of pop business books, much of this title can be filtered into a few catchphrases and concepts. But there’s another reason this book has burst through as a bestseller, which you can feel in Collins’ narration: he is honestly excited about his research and unconventional findings.”

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  • “Anyone who wants to make the right choices for their business will find Good to Great instructive, accessible, and well worth reading. It is sure to be a business book that will be consulted and referred to for years to come.” 

    Barnes and Noble editorial review

  • Collins’ deeply earnest narration is heightened by his obvious zeal for the material...Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kevin O'Brien | 2/16/2014

    " This is the big smash hit from Jim Collins, and you probably don't need me to promote this this book. But you may not know that this is the middle book of a three book series that shares a common methodology and should be read as a group. The first book is "Built to Last", and the final book is "How the Mighty Fall". I actually read them in reverse order due to an odd combination of circumstances, but the three books together tell a very interesting story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by anique Halliday | 2/9/2014

    " Thankfully some of the ideas are solid, because the writing is HORRIBLE. I think the same could be generally applied to all business books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paul Dille | 2/9/2014

    " A bit long and drawn out but nonetheless a must read with great insight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Evan | 1/23/2014

    " Great to move to the next level of leadership. Wonderful read! "

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About the Author
Author Jim Collins

Jim Collins, driven by a relentless curiosity, began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he now conducts research and consults with executives from the corporate and social sectors. He holds degrees in business administration and mathematical sciences from Stanford University and honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado and the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He has served as a teacher to senior executives and CEOs at over a hundred corporations and has also worked with social sector organizations such as Johns Hopkins Medical School, the Girl Scouts of the USA, the Leadership Network of Churches, the American Association of K-12 School Superintendents, and the United States Marine Corps.