Good to Great

Good to Great

Why Some Companies Make the Leap--and Others Don't

eBook - 2011
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Answers to commonly asked questions about how good-to-great principles can help social sector organizations make the leap to greatness, using interviews with over 100 social sector leaders.
Publisher: [New York] : HarperCollins, [2011].
ISBN: 9780062119209
0062119206
Characteristics: 1 online resource (300 p.)
Contents: Good is the enemy of great
Level 5 leadership
First who
then what
Confront the brutal facts (yet never lose faith)
The hedgehog concept (simplicity within the three circles)
A culture of discipline
Technology accelerators
The flywheel and the doom loop
From good to great to built to last.
Summary: Answers to commonly asked questions about how good-to-great principles can help social sector organizations make the leap to greatness, using interviews with over 100 social sector leaders.

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humbleworm
Aug 28, 2017

The anecdotes, illustrating the behaviours and business models that made specific good companies great over time while comparable companies in the same markets did not, were the most interesting and I've recounted them to others many times since I first read this about 15 years ago. The rest of the book stays at a readable, relatively-high level but tends to repeat itself excessively and the author likes to coin less-than-obvious terms. I'd recommend the book Flash Boys as well as the films The Big Short and The Founder in the same genre.

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jasonamcbride
Jun 01, 2017

Engaging research on why some companies sustain greatness over time (15+ years) and why some cannot sustain it or never reach it. It is worth reading the book just for the "Stockdale Paradox". Good stuff...

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litton2
Jan 18, 2017

This is one of the few books that if read by every business owner, then the world would become a better place. Collins and his team break every preconceived notion about corporate America and he relates them all to everyday people and their regular lives. Incredible book

JCLNickWB Oct 20, 2015

I am not usually a fan of business books in general, but this was a surprisingly good read that disproves several large assumptions about management, and it is backed up with data. The book is sprinkled with examples of companies and that were very successful from 1985-2000 (ish) as well as CEO interviews. I would recommend to anyone starting a company or managing in any capacity.

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Dale A Youngman
Apr 22, 2015

Read this many years ago from EPL. The old review I left seems no longer available. Many insights to help you focus. Collins has a number of articles on his web site but this is still quoted often and relevant.

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stephaniedchase
Dec 06, 2013

A business classic. GOOD TO GREAT was one of the very first books to present complex business concepts in a narrative fashion; it also presented key concepts around the power of soft skills or leadership traits that make a key difference in success. A must read for anyone in a leadership role.

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