Sunday, August 06, 2006
Good to Great by Jim Collins
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't by Jim Collins is an examination of what allows some companies to become great, and what blocks others from ever doing so. He picked eleven cases to examine, including Walgreens and Wells Fargo. Ulimately, he is able to isolate the common characteristics of "great" companies and present them in the book.
- The book provides a good foundation, as it clearly illustrates what companies need to do to become "great"
- The cases are interesting, which allows theory to be more easily understood
- I wouldn't say there is a ton of depth here--but it's a good starting point with interesting cases that makes for a quick read
It's a good read for anyone in business. It's not necessarily something I'd read over and over. However, Good to Great may give you some ideas to implement in your business.