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Built to Last

Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Good to Great, Book 2)
Written by: Jim Collins
Series: Good to Great, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
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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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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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  • 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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  • Dr. Scott K. Moffat
  • 2020-09-17

Read this one first

Fabulous book as usual. I view this as a prequel to the other two. The comparisons between visionary companies and their counterparts are clear and tangible. As I’ve come to expect with Jim Collins books, this one made me pumped to get to work and create something amazing.

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  • DM
  • 2020-08-03

just can't get enough, best minds, best research

Jim Collins original great work, makes me inspired to be as good as I can in my professional field. Loved it as much as I did Good to Great

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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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  • James Polomsky
  • 2020-07-08

Simply the Best!

Based in Research and true over time. This book has been that backbone of my company for the last 3 years and it is just as relevant now as it was then. 😎

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-06-05

Great Analysis Of The Nature of Organizations

The title says it all here really.

I view this as a great analysis of the nature og great organizations.

The Authors also tilt toward the utility mindset, and are not afraid to look at alle sides of the topic they aim to clarify - What makes the difference between an organization or community that is built to last. Those with a correct definition of vision, a clear vision, a collective why/purpose, and B-hags as they call it in the book!

Pile that on top of my own findings which shines through the book, though it is not directly addressed - and you get the framework for a successful person/group/organization/community

I recommend this book.

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  • David Tweed
  • 2020-06-03

Long on Big Ideas, Short on Measurable Actions

this was an okay listen, but I'd recommend any of a number of business books for better content and better business stories. I don't buy that their highly simplistic ideas are particularly useful. interesting, yes. Useful, no.

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  • Donovan smith
  • 2020-04-28

Amazing book!!!!

it was such a great book and I recommend it to anyone. lots of history discussed in it that was very fascinating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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