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A central myth, according to the authors, is that visionary companies start with a great product and are pushed into the future by charismatic leaders. Usually false, Collins and Porras find. Much more important, and a much more telling line of demarcation between a wild success like 3M and an also-ran like Norton, is flexibility. 3M had no master plan, little structure, and no prima donnas. Instead it had an atmosphere in which bright people were not afraid to "try a lot of stuff and keep what works."
If you listen to this audiocassette on your daily commute, you may discover whether you are headed to a "visionary" place of work--and, if so, whether you are the kind of employee who fits your employer's vision. (Running time: two hours, two cassettes) --Richard Farr --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Read this book and you will learn about the characteristics of great companies that have an impact on the world around them.
I HIGHLY recommend Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies along with Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't.
It is well written, the case studies compelling, and I like being able to follow the authors' research methods in the appendices.
An extraordinary book for anyone who aspires to build a truly great company. specific, practical things that leaders can do to build a company that excels for decades.Published 6 days ago by Thomas J. Kosnik
If you are in business, building a business, or considering starting a business, get this book.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
I like it very much. There were some great insights, helpful examples and easy-to-read style. I enjoyed it and was worth the kindle price.Published 13 days ago by Rodrigo Hernán Figueroa
An insightful book with a realistic inquiry into excellence. A must read for managers who want to excel in leadership positions.Published 19 days ago by Vivek