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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,641 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Collins Narrator: Jim Collins Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9780061940903
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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.”

    Forbes

  • “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 Cameron | 2/17/2014

    " Decent but not amazing. "

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

    " Another good book by Collins "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 1/20/2014

    " Whilst mostly irrelevant to any areas of study or even interest in my life, I found this book highly interesting, as well as entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/16/2014

    " It is the third in a series written by Collins and is a popular reading for business people for a reason. Interesting perspective on the cycle of business firms and people involved in them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 12/30/2013

    " Ripped through this over the holiday weekend. Not nearly as good as Mr. Collins classic (Good to Great), it was still interesting and educational to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 12/25/2013

    " I don't read many business books, but this is one incisive and compelling. Its best use for ministry leaders, who instinctively look for the positive in their work, is to help us stop the "happy talk" and get real about the decline in organizations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Javatis Midget | 12/25/2013

    " I thought Jim did a great job pointing out what he considered as the "Five Stages of Decline". I think everyone can learn something from this book. It doesn't matter if you own a small business or a large one; there are nuggets to be had! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max Mccann | 12/21/2013

    " Great research and insight into corporate leadership. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Terrazas | 12/13/2013

    " Fascinating concept and compelling argument. I loved the book, but felt like the author simply wrote around a Power Point presentation. Maybe that's all there is to the argument. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Krys (Black & Write Reviews) | 12/9/2013

    " I didn't read this book because I wanted to, but because I had to. I would recommend this book to any business person who needs a bit of an eye-opener on how to conduct a proper business and use preventative skills while running their company. I hate business books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad Stutzman | 12/5/2013

    " I loved Jim Collins book Good to Great. This is a much shorter book, but it also is packed with great principles for leadership. The research was well done and shows clearly how great companies fall. We can all learn from the 5 stages of decline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John McPhee | 12/4/2013

    " Good ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay Connor | 11/16/2013

    " Jim Collins has written a strong sequal to "Good to Great" - "How the Mighty Fall" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Tompkins | 7/7/2013

    " Great book, talks about alot of the hubris that kills companies "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jensie | 1/14/2013

    " Super fast read and gets straight to the point. Very interesting research about major companies and how choices they made along the way lead to massive failure. Very thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Giovagnoni | 10/25/2012

    " A small book with a mighty clear message. An easy and interesting read packed with useful and specific information and summarized concisely on the inside jacket cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 8/28/2012

    " A short, not particularly uplifting read - but fairly insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Jerresand | 7/17/2012

    " Good read! Very interesting, makes you wonder were some companies around us are heading in the future... From the same Jim Collins who wrote Good to Great and Built to last. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggy Velasquez | 4/7/2012

    " I have learn more from the decline than from the growth! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 12/26/2011

    " This one has some serious implications for any organization to keep in mind - churches definitely included. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Violano | 11/22/2011

    " Really enjoyed Good to Great but this brief book is caught between a long Harvard Business Review article and a "real" book. A good nugget and anecdote here and there but lacks the substance of Collin's previous books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Sheedy | 11/16/2011

    " Great read, great cases, he makes reading about business interesting and fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trulydivyn | 11/8/2011

    " Jim is family, of course he gets 5 stars from me!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 4/30/2011

    " Fascinating concept and compelling argument. I loved the book, but felt like the author simply wrote around a Power Point presentation. Maybe that's all there is to the argument. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Logan | 12/3/2010

    " Got this book free from Jim Collins himself. :) (!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trulydivyn | 11/10/2010

    " Jim is family, of course he gets 5 stars from me!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 11/9/2010

    " not as great as good to great. Good at best. Still insightful, still worth reading, just not as interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martianngray | 10/18/2010

    " This book would be great for a business person. Since I am not one I found it too be pretty boring. I listened to it because we had it and it was short but I really did not enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 9/11/2010

    " This book was recommended by Dwayne Milley, the Executive Director of CH in Toronto. It was a good read especially in light of the failings of the CHildren and Youth Services district in Toronto. Lots of good insights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 8/11/2010

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 7/9/2010

    " Really quick read, once you read the first chapter that outlines what the stages are, you really don't need to read the rest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 6/15/2010

    " Good read! Very interesting, makes you wonder were some companies around us are heading in the future... From the same Jim Collins who wrote Good to Great and Built to last. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 6/3/2010

    " I can remember a place where I saw this firsthand! "

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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.