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Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras took 18 truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. They examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day - as start-ups, as midsize companies, and as large corporations. Throughout, the authors asked: "What makes the truly exceptional companies different from the comparison companies and what were the common practices these enduringly great companies followed throughout their history?"

Filled with hundreds of specific examples and organized into a coherent framework of practical concepts that can be applied by managers and entrepreneurs at all levels, Built to Last provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the 21st century and beyond.

©2011 Jim Collins (P)2019 HarperAudio

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The Third Book of the Foundation of your Company

The foundation of your company should include
Book 1: Start With Why
Book 2: Good to Great
Book 3: Built to Last
Book 4: This I know

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Good book. I've learned several useful things.

Good book. I've learned several useful things from it. Although, it wasn't great and sometimes felt a bit overcomplicating and boring.

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great forward progress

this was a great book love the the narration and the take-home points and how the comparisons could be applied and really left you with some founding principles on implementing these processes

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This book is built to last

Re-worked for modern times, I appreciate the time and information that has been put into this book. Both books in this series are equally great and should be read back to back for maximum value

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Very valuable but repetitive

Half of the book is very valuable learnings while the other half is examples to reinforce the teaching. Very useful for entrepreneurs and CEOs

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  • Bob
  • 2020-07-20

Worst audio book doesn’t even read the book

This is absolutely bs the book and the audio book aren’t the same what the hell is the point of having and audio book if the reading version is different

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  • 2020-10-07

dated

There are so many better books on the topic of building a successful business that are more topical and applicable. Built To Last feels like what it is, a 23 year old business book written by professors with no business experience.

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  • Matt A.
  • 2021-07-23

This Audiobook is Outdated

I read along as the audiobooks are read at 2.0x speed or greater. This audiobook, jumps around and misses countless key points and I spend my time trying to find where the audiobook has jumped to.

Good to Great (also by Jim Collins) by ~95% word for word.

In the first half of this audiobook (recorded in 2004, allegedly) is ~60% accurate to the text, and the copyright on my paperback edition is 2002.

So many examples are glossed over, pages skipped and for the first time, the chapters on audible misalign with those in the text.

Audible Chapter 15 is Text Chapter 5? Come on!

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  • Renee D.
  • 2021-05-16

Nowhere Near as Amazing as the Book Good To Great.

Good to Great was Amazing, so obviously one would think this book would be just as great. For me it was not it dragged out with many business stories.
My takeaway that sums up this book is if you own or manage a business make sure you have a strong core value and work from there, done I just summed up an over 6 hour book for you.

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  • DDR
  • 2020-12-05

Fantastic principles that yield lasting change!!

Absolutely loved it, especially the focus in the end of how this also applies to our personal lives. Over the years I've clearly observed that leaders cannot thrive in their organizations if they aren't thriving in their personal lives.

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  • D. Pistulka
  • 2020-07-06

Great compliment to other books in this series.

I've read all the books in the series but wanted to try it on audible. it was really nice to be able to listen to the book learned a lot again and I'm going to go through it in the future one more time

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  • Dustin
  • 2020-03-16

Build it great and it will last

I liked the how clear the message was in simple terms.. it re-surfaced concepts and strategies that you've heard throughout your life , tied them together = boom: a playbook how to build a company, using timeless Mirroring of the great companies of our time.
Terrific book thank you Mr. Collins

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  • Aurelian Cotuna
  • 2019-12-13

A good book about business

This is a good book, but from time to time I was under the impression that there are some irrelevant information given to fit the time and space.
I think the whole information can be fitted into half the time and actually half the book.
Otherwise interesting and good content for entrepreneurs and business people

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  • MD
  • 2022-04-19

Phenomenal

One of the best books I’ve ever read. Super helpful for life and business. Brings to light many things important to the cores of success.

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  • Ramsey
  • 2022-04-03

Built to Last

Built to Last like all Jim Collins books is a history of iconic companies coupled with the brains, and legacy of making a contribution