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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.
It is not a how-to book. It is not suggesting receipes for your own case to succeed. Rather it is explaining what visinoary companies did different than control group companies... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Utkan Uluçay
Excellent read, very thought provoking. If you enjoyed "Good to Great", you will enjoy "Built to Last".Published 1 month ago by Jorge Mendez
Another hyperbolic business book. My boss made us buy it and read it. Though some good points, there is nothing new here, and having been a senior manager at HP, the commentary... Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Texas Clan
Interesting book re Harding building a visionary company or transforming your managerial style in order to adapt to the needs of the 21st century.Published 1 month ago by nikos
This was a Christmas gift for my son and he had heard about and wanted to read it. So far he seems pleased with it. Delivery and shipping were excellent.Published 1 month ago by Bruce Harbin
How can I ever trust there writings when for a few dollars they will wright what there client wants and not what they know ?Published 2 months ago by Sahar noah Kitaichi waiswaser