Good To Great : Why Some Companies Make The Leap and Others Don't

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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.

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Five years ago, Jim Collins asked the question, "Can a good company become a great company and if so, how?" In Good to Great Collins, the author of Built to Last, concludes that it is possible, but finds there are no silver bullets. Collins and his team of researchers began their quest by sorting through a list of 1,435 companies, looking for those that made substantial improvements in their performance over time. They finally settled on 11--including Fannie Mae, Gillette, Walgreens, and Wells Fargo--and discovered common traits that challenged many of the conventional notions of corporate success. Making the transition from good to great doesn't require a high-profile CEO, the latest technology, innovative change management, or even a fine-tuned business strategy. At the heart of those rare and truly great companies was a corporate culture that rigorously found and promoted disciplined people to think and act in a disciplined manner. 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 Last, Good to Great is one of those books that managers and CEOs will be reading and rereading for years to come. --Harry C. Edwards

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Jim Collins left the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1995 to set up a management laboratory in Colorado. He has worked with senior executives and CEOs from over 100 corporations including Starbucks Coffee, Time Warner, Johnson & Johnson and E-loan.com. He is co-author of the best-selling Built to Last - which has been on the Business Week bestseller list for 57 months, sold 500,000 copies in the US alone and has been translated into 17 languages.

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