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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.
I was blown away by how well researched this book was, the content is extremely valuable and analytical. This book is right up there with anything by Peter Drucker.Published 1 day ago by Steven Medina
Terrific read. Terrific resource. So many valuable points discussed. This is a book to own, and to read again and again.Published 1 month ago by Mae Sky
Very direct and payed out very well. Read and re-read until you get it. Was able to implement things immediately in our company with great success. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brett
Great book for anyone who wants to enhance their management, policy, and leadership skills.Published 1 month ago by A Customer