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Jim Collins is a student and teacher of what makes great companies tick, and a Socratic advisor to leaders in the business and social sectors. Having invested more than a quarter century in rigorous research, he has authored or coauthored a series of books that have sold in total more than 10 million copies worldwide. They include Good to Great, the #1 bestseller, which examines why some companies make the leap and others don’t; the enduring classic Built to Last, which discovers why some companies remain visionary for generations; How the Mighty Fall, which delves into how once-great companies can self-destruct; and Great by Choice, which uncovers the leadership behaviors for thriving in chaos and uncertainty. Jim has also published two monographs that extend the ideas in his primary books: Good to Great and the Social Sectors and Turning the Flywheel.
His most recent publication is BE 2.0 (Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0), an ambitious upgrade of his very first book; it returns Jim to his original focus on small, entrepreneurial companies and honors his coauthor and mentor Bill Lazier.
Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at the 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 conducts research and engages with CEOs and senior-leadership teams.
In addition to his work in the business sector, Jim has a passion for learning and teaching in the social sectors, including education, healthcare, government, faith-based organizations, social ventures, and cause-driven nonprofits. In 2012 and 2013, he had the honor to serve a two-year appointment as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Jim holds a bachelor's degree in mathematical sciences and an MBA 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. In 2017, Forbes selected Jim as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds.
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THE NEW QUESTION
Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns with another groundbreaking work, this time to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? Based on nine years of research, buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories, Collins and his colleague, Morten Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times.
THE NEW STUDY
Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins's prior work by its focus not just on performance, but also on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today. With a team of more than twenty researchers, Collins and Hansen studied companies that rose to greatness - beating their industry indexes by a minimum of ten times over fifteen years - in environments characterized by big forces and rapid shifts that leaders could not predict or control. The research team then contrasted these "10X companies" to a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to achieve greatness in similarly extreme environments.
THE NEW FINDINGS
The study results were full of provocative surprises. Such as:
* The best leaders were not more risk taking, more visionary, and more creative than the comparisons; they were more disciplined, more empirical, and more paranoid.
* Innovation by itself turns out not to be the trump card in a chaotic and uncertain world; more important is the ability to scale innovation, to blend creativity with discipline.
* Following the belief that leading in a "fast world" always requires "fast decisions" and "fast action" is a good way to get killed.
* The great companies changed less in reaction to a radically changing world than the comparison companies.
The authors challenge conventional wisdom with thought-provoking, sticky, and supremely practical concepts. They include 10Xers; the 20 Mile March; Fire Bullets then Cannonballs; Leading above the Death Line; Zoom Out, Then Zoom In; and the SMaC Recipe. Finally, in the last chapter, Collins and Hansen present their most provocative and original analysis: defining, quantifying, and studying the role of luck. The great companies and the leaders who built them were not luckier than the comparisons, but they did get a higher Return on Luck. This book is classic Collins: contrarian, data driven, and uplifting. He and Hansen show convincingly that, even in a chaotic and uncertain world, greatness happens by choice, not by chance.
*From the author of the multi-million-copy bestseller Good to Great*
‘No matter what your walk of life, no matter how big or small your enterprise, no matter whether it’s for-profit or nonprofit, no matter whether you’re CEO or a unit leader, the question stands, How does your flywheel turn?’ – JIM COLLINS
The key to business success is not a single innovation or one plan. It is the act of turning the flywheel, slowly gaining momentum and eventually reaching a breakthrough. Building upon the flywheel concept introduced in his groundbreaking classic Good to Great, Jim Collins teaches readers how to create their own flywheel, how to accelerate the flywheel’s momentum, and how to stay on the flywheel in shifting markets and during times of turbulence.
Combining research from his Good to Great labs and case studies from organisations like Amazon, Vanguard, and the Cleveland Clinic which have turned their flywheels with outstanding results, Collins demonstrates that successful organisations can disrupt the world around them – and reach unprecedented success – by employing the flywheel concept.
NEARLY THIRTY YEARS AGO, Stanford University faculty members Jim Collins and Bill Lazier showed you how to turn an entrepreneurial business into an enduring great company.
Beyond Entrepreneurship became a leadership staple, particularly among small and early-stage companies. And while Collins would go on to write a series of famous bestsellers that have sold more than ten million copies worldwide, this lesser-known early work remains the favourite of many of his loyal readers.
Now, with Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0, Collins re-shares the timeless insights in Beyond Entrepreneurship alongside new perspectives gleaned after decades of additional research into what makes great companies tick. In Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0, you'll learn how to turn your company into the 2.0 version of itself. You'll be challenged to grow your own leadership as your company grows, from 1x to 2x to 5x to 10x. You'll learn Collins's newest reflections on people decisions, insights that extend beyond his seminal "first who" principle about getting the right people on the bus. You'll learn why luck favours the persistent, and what it means to look for "who luck." You'll learn about the origins of the "BHAG" (Big Hairy Audacious Goal), and why even a small business needs a galvanising BHAG to have a complete and inspiring vision.
You'll also unlock what Collins calls "The Map." The Map is a road map that pulls together the key concepts developed from thirty years of research and writing into one integrated framework for building a company that delivers superior results, makes a distinctive impact, and achieves lasting endurance.
Finally, you'll learn the lessons that Jim Collins himself learned from the most influential mentor in his life, Bill Lazier.
Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0 is the ambitious upgrade to a classic. In Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0, you'll discover that the goal to turn your business into an enduring great company is as relevant - and as within your reach - as ever.
Most executives have a big, hairy, audacious goal. But they install layers of stultifying bureaucracy that prevent them from realizing it. In this article, Jim Collins introduces the catalytic mechanism, a simple yet powerful managerial tool that helps turn lofty aspirations into reality. The crucial link between objectives and results, this tool is a galvanizing, nonbureaucratic way to turn one into the other. But the same catalytic mechanism that works in one organization won’t necessarily work in another. So, to help readers get started, Collins offers some general principles that support the process of building one effectively.
Since 1922, Harvard Business Review has been a leading source of breakthrough ideas in management practice. The Harvard Business Review Classics series now offers you the opportunity to make these seminal pieces a part of your permanent management library. Each highly readable volume contains a groundbreaking idea that continues to shape best practices and inspire countless managers around the world.
“Good to Great” attained long-running positions on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Business Week best-seller lists, sold 2.5 million hardcover copies since publication, and has been translated into 32 languages.
"Greatness" is defined as financial performance several multiples better than the market average over a sustained period. Collins finds the main factor for achieving the transition to be a narrow focusing of the company’s resources on their field of competence. Collins used a large team of researchers who studied "6,000 articles, generated more than 2,000 pages of interview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data in a five-year project".
In this book summary of "Good to Great" you can discover the condensed wisdom to be gained from the book. You can discover what differences there were in companies that managed to achieve greatness.
Do you want to know the characteristics of a leader most likely to take their company from good to great? Do you want to know how to hire the right people? The book summary includes information on each of the topics covered in “Good To Great” in a format that will help you while reducing the time required for reading the entire book.
Chapter One: Good is the Enemy of Great
Chapter Two: Level 5 Leadership
Chapter Three: First Who… Then What
Chapter Four: Confront the Brutal Facts
Chapter Five: The Hedgehog Concept
Chapter Six: A Culture of Discipline
Chapter Seven: Technology Accelerators
Chapter Eight: The Flywheel and the Doom Loop
Chapter Nine: From Good to Great to Built to Last
The author of “Good to Great”, James C. "Jim" Collins, III is an American business consultant, author, and lecturer on the subject of company sustainability and growth. Jim Collins frequently contributes to Harvard Business Review, Business Week, Fortune and other magazines, journals, etc.
Collins began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford University's 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 teaches executives from the corporate and social sectors.
Siete millones de copias vendidas.
Referenciado como uno de los diez mejores libros sobre gestión empresarial, "Good to Great" nos ofrece todo un conjunto de directrices y paradigmas que debe adoptar cualquier empresa que pretenda diferenciarse de las demás. Después de revisar montañas de datos, de hacer miles de entrevistas y de utilizar rigurosas herramientas de comparación, Jim Collins y su equipo de investigación identificaron los determinantes clave de la excelencia en un conjunto de empresas de élite que dieron el salto hasta conseguir unos resultados extraordinarios y sostenibles.
Elogios a GOOD TO GREAT:
"Este libro escrito a partir de una investigación profunda refuta muchas de las exageraciones actuales de la gestión empresarial —desde el culto al CEO superhombre al culto a la tecnología de la información o la afición a las fusiones y adquisiciones. Estas prácticas no permiten que la mediocridad se convierta en una competencia, sino que deberían permitir que la competencia se convirtiera en excelencia".
Peter F. Drucker
"Un libro que ningún CEO debería dejar de comprar".
"Collins y su equipo de investigación abordan unas de las cuestiones más importantes que las empresas deberían tratar".
"Con ambos libros, Good to Great y Built to Last, el señor Collins ofrece dos mensajes seductores: que la gestión extraordinaria la pueden conse-guir los simples mortales y que sus practicantes pueden desarrollar instituciones excelentes. Es justo lo que los mortales queríamos oír".
Wall Street Journal
"La diferencia es lo duro que trabaja el señor Collins para llegar a sus conclusiones más elementales. Se basan en años de minuciosa investi-gación empírica y todas ellas son las más poderosas para producir los resultados más sorprendentes".
"La idea empresarial del año"
"Collins ha vuelto a escribir un libro que parece haber sido concebido para perdurar".
MyNotes are for you. They are short companions to the books that you will be referring back to for years.
These are NOT notes for someone who has not read the book, they are companion notes for people who do not want to take notes for themselves.
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Good to great: Referenciado como uno de los diez mejores libros sobre gestión empresarial, "Good to Great" nos ofrece todo un conjunto de directrices y paradigmas que debe adoptar cualquier empresa que pretenda diferenciarse de las demás. Después de revisar montañas de datos, de hacer miles de entrevistas y de utilizar rigurosas herramientas de comparación, Jim Collins y su equipo de investigación identificaron los determinantes clave de la excelencia en un conjunto de empresas de élite que dieron el salto hasta conseguir unos resultados extraordinarios y sostenibles.
Girando la rueda: Una guía indispensable que acompaña al libro Good to Great, el número uno de los best-sellers de empresa. La obra se centra en la aplicación del concepto de "rueda o volante de inercia", una de las ideas más reconocidas de Jim Collins y que está siendo empleada en todas las industrias y sectores sociales, así como por las startups. La clave del éxito empresarial no responde a una sola innovación o a un solo plan. Consiste en el efecto de saber hacer girar la rueda, generando impulso de manera gradual para acabar consiguiendo un gran avance.
Una guía indispensable que acompaña al libro Good to Great, el número uno de los best-sellers de empresa. La obra se centra en la aplicación del concepto de "rueda o volante de inercia", una de las ideas más reconocidas de Jim Collins y que está siendo empleada en todas las industrias y sectores sociales, así como por las startups. La clave del éxito empresarial no responde a una sola innovación o a un solo plan. Consiste en el efecto de saber hacer girar la rueda, generando impulso de manera gradual para acabar consiguiendo un gran avance.
They employ a variety of critical approaches, from industry analysis to reception study, to close readings informed by feminist, deconstructive and postmodernist theory, as well as recent developments in African American and gay and lesbian criticism. An important introduction to contemporary Hollywood, this anthology will be of interest to those involved in the fields of film theory, literary theory, popular culture, and women's studies.