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“Whether you prevail or fail, endure or die, depends more on what you do to yourself than on what the world does to you.”—Jim Collins

Decline can be avoided. Decline can be detected. Decline can be reversed.

Amid the desolate landscape of fallen great companies, Jim Collins began to wonder: How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? How far can a company fall before the path toward doom becomes inevitable and unshakable? How can companies reverse course?

In How the Mighty Fall, Collins confronts these questions, offering leaders the well-founded hope that they can learn how to stave off decline and, if they find themselves falling, reverse their course.

By understanding the stages of decline, leaders can substantially reduce their chances of falling all the way to the bottom. As Collins’ research emphasizes, some companies do indeed recover—in some cases, coming back even stronger. As long as you never get entirely knocked out of the game, hope always remains. The mighty can fall, but they can often rise again, too.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fascinating, idea-packed book that sets forth five stage of corporate decay, along with some thoughts about how to get back on track…For anyone who wants to avoid the corporate equivalent of an ambulance ride to the emergency room, Collins’ new book packs a lot of wisdom.”


  • “In these troubled times, when every business might strengthen its framework, this book provides tools to get through and thrive. Powerful remedies; convincing presentation.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A Financial Times Best Book of the Year
  • A Business Week Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cameron | 2/17/2014

    " Decent but not amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Russ | 2/1/2014

    " Collins' 5 stages of decline may be cliche but they are a good codification of decline of companies. The book is well written and interesting. He appears to have performed the necessary research and analysis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kara | 1/28/2014

    " This was a great book! I have notes on nearly every page! I have to buy it because I know I'm going to reference it and reread it many times! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 1/27/2014

    " Another good book by Collins "

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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.