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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Garamond Press (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623150485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623150488
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Summary of the book Good to Great is classic Collins: data-driven, inspiring and an interesting read.
Meenu Gupta
Good to Great in 30 minutes should be standard reading for anyone involved in upper level management of a business, company, or corporation.
CWilcox
Time and again, he tells us that people brought together, who share the same vision, diligence and core concept can create a great company.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul K. on January 28, 2013
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In this concise version of Jim Collins' Good to Great, the reader can quickly learn of Collins' key concepts from his highly successful book. The author of this version faithfully chose central concepts from Collins' original book, such as the Flywheel Effect, Hedgehog Concept, "stop doing" lists, Stockdale Paradox and confronting the brutal facts. Each short chapter is honed down to the bare essentials, where any business executive or manager can learn key ingredients for running a highly successful business. The difference between running a good company and running a great one includes holding true to these simple core beliefs. This author suggests that leaders must find what they and their team are passionate about and then diligently follow that passion. Another core concept of the book includes the use of technology. Great companies embrace technology as they learn how to best use it to sustain growth and success, not simply for the sake of having the newest and best technology. The book suggests that a "breakthrough" to greatness does not happen in a single moment. Rather, it is the result of persistent, disciplined thoughts and actions by employees who are disciplined. Not only can business personnel use this edition to further their growth, individuals such as myself can use it for personal growth and in order to maintain focus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barb Landry on January 28, 2013
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Good to Great in 30 Minutes offers all of the insights of Jim Collins's bestselling book in an easily digestible format. Collins's project to define the difference between lackluster, "good" business practice and real excellence--"greatness"--involves a methodical comparison of eleven companies from each category. The great companies in this study shared very specific traits that led to their overwhelming market success. The results are somewhat surprising: it turns out that success stems from the cultivation of authentic passion, disciplined commitment, and humility in a company's leadership. This book demonstrates how these traits are cultivated and maintained, in very clear language and with abundant examples. It draws on Collins's thorough research, helpful vocabulary, and the pure force of his argumentation to present a bite-sized, but convincing, account. I feel that this book would be highly relevant in a variety of circumstances and organizations, with business and non-business applications. The quick presentation of higher-order strategies in Good to Great in 30 minutes has been indispensible--I will return to this version time and again for ideas and inspiration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lexi Johnson on December 17, 2012
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Have you ever wished you could get the important highlighted version of a book? This summarized version of Jim Collins's book gives the seeker of great business the key points to making your company great. Each chapter briefly explores Collins's research findings of what makes great companies versus not so great companies. Key points at the end of the chapters engrains the information in the readers mind, making it easy to refer back to should you need to. This summary shows the reader how to implement new practices for the company through examples of the successful companies who have gone before them. While it's made clear ego has no business in a companies success, it will be up to the reader to except that vital truth that is reiterated throughout the book.

Who should read this: Anyone who works for a company either as a leader or team member wanting a concise, straight forward "how to" on bettering your business that doesn't need details.

Who shouldn't read this: Any business owner or team member who needs details and wants to analyze deeper into the "whys."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meenu Gupta on December 17, 2012
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'Good to Great: Why some companies make the leap and others don't distinguishes itself from other such works by challenging conventional wisdom with practical concepts. In this 30 minute succinct summary of the bestselling book, author Jim Collins compares a set of eleven companies that progressed from good to great in contrast to the eleven that could not. The concise summary enumerates the universal characteristics of building a truly great enterprise. Discipline in thought and action and a firm belief in the company's progress are some well-known tenets. However, results of five years research of Collins' team are replete with other provocative surprises. CEOs of good-to-great companies, addressed in the book as Level 5 leaders, have common qualities that include humility, professional will and focusing on results. Companies that are defined as great or outperform the stock market by a factor of three for 15 years, hired the right people who value ethic and intelligence before envisioning their strategies. The factors that determine whether or not a company becomes truly great lies largely within the hands of its people. It depends on what they create, what they do and how well they do it. Successful companies put the best people on the biggest opportunities rather than the biggest problems. Leaders of such companies embrace the Stockdale paradox facing challenges realistically with a staunch faith that their company will prevail.

The summary is infused with engaging examples of companies like Procter & Gamble; long-term sustained success of Kimberly-Clark and how Chrysler's CEO saved the company from bankruptcy. I found the conclusion chapter particularly useful. The traits listed in the summary are reviewed and revised in the last chapter. Summary of the book Good to Great is classic Collins: data-driven, inspiring and an interesting read.
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