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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.
This is one of the best books I have read on how to build a successful company. If you enjoyed Good to Great, this one is just as good, and maybe even better in some ways.Published 3 days ago by Fei Fei McClure
As a person early in my career I enjoyed reading this book a lot. I find myself thinking about the concepts discussed rather often, and I have referred to it when making some... Read morePublished 9 days ago by matt
Needed it for my business ethics class and found it not as boring as some of the other course materials because of the real world application.Published 18 days ago by Athana
There are just so many words to make simple points. The style is to pick a company, explain how it or it's CEO did something that fits under one of the "visionary" themes,... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Naime Penn
Good. Worth reading. Some things are difficult to apply. Either it's worth reading. Not my favorite business book. For a small entrepreneur some things are kind of pie in the sky.Published 1 month ago by Marcel
My management mentor gave me this book as apart of my training 20 years ago. I'm reading it again to reinforce my style of leadership. It helped shape the manager I am today. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Timothy J. Phelan
This was descent book, but it was difficult to stay focused on what Jim was trying to get accross. I stopped reading after about 5 chapters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ace222
I would recommend this books to anyone interested in business. The framework of the book changes how your think about how a business should be run.Published 2 months ago by Chris Mosesso
Repetitive and redundant in its approach to analysing the keys to greatness, it diminishes the role that a great visionary and leader can make in building success. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. Saverino