Good to Great

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Jim Collins tackles an important question in business; what makes a great company. He is a Professor who put together a research team and, over the course of five years, conducted statistical analysis of publicly traded companies. He shares his findings in this book.

The results are fascinating. They fly in the face of what many, if not most, people think great leaders and managers do to push their companies to produce results. He specifically focuses on “great” companies; the best of the best. These are defined using a specific set of criteria that only 11 companies met, out of over ten thousand studied. For example, the type of leader who takes his or her business to great heights is precisely the opposite of what everyone pictures; reserved, quite and averting attention.

A great book that I would definitely recommend; especially for people who like a statistical approach to human behavior and success stories in leadership.