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Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All
Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All
Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All
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Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

Written by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen

Narrated by Jim Collins

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The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times.

The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins's prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

The new findings:

  • The best leaders were more disciplined, more empirical, and more paranoid.
  • Following the belief that leading in a "fast world" always requires "fast decisions" and "fast action" is a good way to get killed.
  • The great companies changed less in reaction to a radically changing world than the comparison companies.

This book is classic Collins: contrarian, data-driven, and uplifting. He and Hansen show convincingly that, even in a chaotic and uncertain world, greatness happens by choice, not by chance.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherHarperAudio
Release dateOct 11, 2011
ISBN9780062121011
Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All
Author

Jim Collins

Jim Collins is a student and teacher of what makes great companies tick, and a Socratic advisor to leaders in the business and social sectors. Having invested more than a quarter-century in rigorous research, he has authored or coauthored six books that have sold in total more than 10 million copies worldwide. They include Good to Great, Built to Last, How the Mighty Fall, and Great by Choice. Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to his work in the business sector, Jim has a passion for learning and teaching in the social sectors, including education, healthcare, government, faith-based organizations, social ventures, and cause-driven nonprofits. In 2012 and 2013, he had the honor to serve a two-year appointment as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point. In 2017, Forbes selected Jim as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds. Jim has been an avid rock climber for more than forty years and has completed single-day ascents of El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite Valley. Learn more about Jim and his concepts at his website, where you’ll find articles, videos, and useful tools. jimcollins.com

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Solid perspective on what makes for success. Good planning, experience, willing to try new things without throwing away the proven things. Specific Methodical and Consistent plan. Gunshots and then cannon balls.
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    Love these books! Simple ideas that make sense and have been backed by research.
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    Very easy to understand. Has great content on how to improve yourself and business.
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    The entrepreneur’s guide to maneuvering various situations in the work space and life. The authors did an incredible job of writing about the importance of resilience and understanding and used incredible examples of what it means to be great by choice
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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    You get out of life what you put into it.

    Like so many books in this category of improvement, the bottom line is that you must exercise disciplined action in order to yield consistent results. The author's exhaustive research overturns my personal belief regarding innovation. We will change the way our company operates because of their data.
    Thank you Morten and James.
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    I love the one page it gave me a sense that when you endeavor into anything you do so from the beginning with the intention for it to withstand any probability.