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 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 Colli

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 st 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 disciplined, empirical, and 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.

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

  1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name Jim Collins is a student and teacher of enduring great companies how they grow, how they attain superior performance, and how good companies can become great companies Having invested over a decade of research into the topic, Jim has authored or co authored four books, including the classic BUILT TO LAST, which has been a fixture on the Business Week best seller list for than six years, and has been translated into 29 languages His work has been featured in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company Jim s book, GOOD TO GREAT Why Some Companies Make the Leap And Others Don t, attained long running positions on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Business Week best seller lists, has sold 3 million hardcover copies since publication and has been translated into 35 languages, including such languages as Latvian, Mongolian and Vietnamese.His most recent book, HOW THE MIGHTY FALL And Why Some Companies Never Give In, was published on May 19, 2009.Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992 In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he now conducts research and teaches executives from the corporate and social sectors Jim holds degrees in business administration and mathematical sciences from Stanford University, and honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado and the Peter F Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.Jim has served as a teacher to senior executives and CEOs at over a hundred corporations He has also worked with social sector organizations, such as Johns Hopkins Medical School, the Girl Scouts of the USA, the Leadership Network of Churches, the American Association of K 12 School Superintendents, and the United States Marine Corps In 2005 he published a monograph Good to Great and the Social Sectors.In addition, Jim is an avid rock climber and has made one day ascents of the North Face of Half Dome and the Nose route on the South Face of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley He continues to climb at the 5.13 grade.

356 Reply to “Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck—Why Some Thrive Despite Them All”

  1. What were some of the most shocking memorable incidents you can recollect since the last 10 years 9 11 The Financial Meltdown Lehman Brothers Billions getting wiped out The iPod, iPad, iPhone revolution A lot has happened in the last 10 years.Giants who were invincible are now forever invisible.The corporations with abundant financial health are today on a dying life support system.The mortal legends whom we always remembered have become the immortal legacies we will never forget.So much has cha [...]

  2. It s really 183 pages the rest is just research notes The whole book is summarized on page 175 There s some interesting anecdotes and the ideas make sense, but this is a very slight as in not very deep book What makes a company great is that they do deep analysis of the business, prepare, take advantage of success without endangering the company, re evaluate periodically, and work steadily for success, making adjustments if necessary.

  3. I am a huge admirer of Jim Collins research, methods and tight, accessible, methodical writing Great By Choice, however, suggests that perhaps the scholarly architecture that made his previous work so great may be losing a bit of its strength There s a bit of a teabag on its third cup of tea here The core thesis seems less powerful The evidence just as good and rich, but in the service of smaller objectives The narrative less nuanced Well worth reading, but not as provocative as Collins previous [...]

  4. This book is an engaging exploration of why some companies become great while others don t, despite experiencing similar uncertainty, chaos, and luck It shows that greatness depends on action and discipline, not circumstance or luck Essentially, success depends on what we do than what the world does to us This finding is encouraging and empowering, since we often feel that we re at the mercy of forces outside our control.I liked the point that one of the most important forms of luck is people l [...]

  5. The fourth book in the series of business management studies by Jim Collins and his colleagues Built to Last was the first, followed by Good to Great and How the Mighty Fall.In a quote from the book jacket, Great by Choice is the result of a study of companies that rose to greatness beating their industry indexes by a minimum of ten times over fifteen years in environments characterized by big forces and rapid shifts that leaders could not predict or control According to the authors, their findi [...]

  6. T t ng qu n tr c a quy n s ch kh ng c g m i m , kh ng g y t c ng m nh n ng i c Chung qui l i th nh c ng, b t k nh l nh o n o c ng c n c s chu n b , chu n b m i l c, chu n b cho tr ng h p b t kh kh ng ho ng l i u c n thi t v d hi u,nh ng chu n b sau khi m nh th nh c ng th kh ng ph i ai c ng nh m l m, c i say men chi n th ng c ng t h i kh ng k m vi c thi u c n tr ng trong th i k suy tho i.T p ch Wallstreet Journal review quy n n y nh sau Collins a ra hai th ng i p qu n tr y h p d n nh ng con ng i [...]

  7. The concepts in this book are solid The text seemed somewhat repetitive Not only that, but just about all of their findings about what distinguishes companies that blow away the competition even in tough times are simply rigorous application of the theory of what works Zoom out, zoom in Use both Sensing and Intuition SMaC Keeping what works is the strength of those who prefer Introversion and Sensing, and further, is often seen as resistance by leaders with other preferences I ve never been call [...]

  8. Really good book Jim Collins has the unique ability to take analytical, empirical research data and couple it with intriguing stories which keep you engaged and learning what makes a great leader and a great company.

  9. Good book Several core ideas are hard to prove wrong, thus the extent of how scientific these evidences are is questionable.However, key things I took for myself 1 Level 5 ambition leaders passionately driven for a cause beyond themselves doing it not for themselves, for the company channel their ego to smth bigger than they 2 Empirical Creativity fire bullets, not cannibals this idea intersects with SCRUM Sutherland , Lean Startup Ries , 4 Steps for Epiphany Steve Blank reasoning by first princ [...]

  10. Best takeaway was that luck is based on people Get lucky with the people that you surround yourself with The triangle framework of fanatic discipline, productive paranoia, and empirical creativity had some great backup evidence, but it s still unclear whether they can be trained or if they re developed from a young age inborn which case, how much can we really choose The author seems to imply that Progressive insurance got lucky by having a 10x son Peter Lewis to takeover as CEO I did like the i [...]

  11. Wow another classic from Jim Collins Great by Choice is a definite read for anybody trying to make an effect change in the world through organizations and companies.This time around Jim is joined by University of California Berkeley Business Professor Morten Hansen as they work to answer the question, Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not To answer this question both Collins and Morten use the matched pair case method in which they pair a 10Xer or high flying [...]

  12. Great book illustrating companies that beat their environments and became great A must read for all management students, researchers and practitioners alike You can t resist the temptation to finish the book once you start

  13. It usually takes some persistence for me to build momentum enough to read books in this genre This one was recommended by a mentor at just the right time There were many kernels of wisdom and interesting takeaways from Collins research If you are interested in leadership, this is a read I recommend Greatness is not primarily a matter of circumstance greatness is first and foremost a matter of conscious choice and discipline SPOILER ALERT I chose to give the following synopsis as part of my revie [...]

  14. In some ways Great by Choice is similar to other books I ve read on running a business The advice and strategies are spot on and undeniably the right course of action if you want your business to become great particularly through turbulent times In other ways, this book is much better it deals with fundamental aspects of how to sustain a business, the importance of preparation, and overall a general attitude that should be adopted The core concept of the book revolves around preparing for bad t [...]

  15. I wish I had not read Black Swan and other books by Authors like Malcolm Gladwell Because even though there are some real good points throughout this book and even though I like Jim Collins, most of the concepts throughout the book sounded repetitive to me And even worst is the fact that I started questioning almost every research the Author claims to have done to come to the conclusions he has This feeling stayed with me for most of the book Things he talks about AMD vs Intel and about Microsof [...]

  16. Doesn t everyone choose to be great Not even close You might say it s the difference between wanting and being In Great by Choice, Collins continues his search for the source of business greatness Much of the book centers on what it takes to be a 10Xer a leader or business that demonstrates a level of success multiples greater than peers.Three concepts dominate productive paranoia, empirical creativity, and fanatic discipline, which are bound in the middle by ambitious leaders Productive paranoi [...]

  17. Having read Good to Great, I was very excited to dive into the latest book from Jim Collins What I loved about Good to Great was the statistical analysis and deep investigative work which was done to reach the conclusions presented.Great by Choice uses this same analysis style to produce what I though were some very surprising results The main difference between Good to Great and Great by Choice is the criteria used to select the great companies and their comparison companies The criteria used i [...]

  18. Collins, Jim and Morten T Hansen 2011 Great by Choice, Harper Business, New York, NY In this book, Jim Collins compares 7 companies that have performed extraordinarily well during times of great turbulence and uncertainty, while 7 comparison companies in the same industries under the same conditions were not able to perform as well He calls the high performing companies the 10Xers because they outperform comparison companies by an average of 10 times better The practices of the 7 companies inclu [...]

  19. We live in chaotic business times Wouldn t it be great to have a guide book on how to handle things Well, here it is.I love when I read a book, and it inspires me to read other books I ve never wanted to read about the race to the South Pole, but now I do Climbing Everest, never interested me before, now I m adding books to my queue.The biggest takeaway from this book is that preparation is important You can t be prepared for every disaster, but being ready for A disaster will help you survive I [...]

  20. All this certainly makes sense, but it could have been put into a white paper instead of a book I ve only read this and Good to Great, but the other two books are mentioned quite frequently In total, I think Collins research points out the essential things that make companies great, but I m not sure they can be replicated by most companies At the heart of companies that Collins identifies as great, are great leaders Not talking necessarily about charismatic leaders, but those still, these are pr [...]

  21. This book answers the question why some companies thrive while others grow sporadically when facing the same economic conditions Jim Collins breaks it down into 5 basic strategies 10Xers20 Mile MarchFire Bullets, Then CannonballsLeading above the Death LineSMaCThe two that were most memorable and important to me though they are all intertwined in the end are Fire bullets, then cannonballs and SMac.The bullets cannonballs analogy has to do with responding to opportunities The great companies woul [...]

  22. This was a quick read for me and very inspiring I ve loved the other Jim Collins books, including Good to Great, which is a must read for anyone in business In this book he compares companies that have strived in uncertainty, or companies that did 10 times better than most companies in the same timeframe He calls these companies 10Xers and they are as follows Amgen, Biomet, Intel, Microsoft, Progressive Insurance, Southwest Airlines and Stryker He also relates the story of Roald Amundsen s succe [...]

  23. Great by Choice continues the fine tradition of work and business excellence that is described in Built to Last and Good to Great If you are a business owner that wants to understand what makes a business great, as well as learn how to implement those standards this book will provide further insights and ideas on what you can do to make your business great The authors draw on excellent case studies to show what works and what doesn t work as well as explain why I ve already gotten a lot of great [...]

  24. The key message of this book is The most successful companies don t let chance determine their fate They are obsessive in their preparation, ensure that they have the evidence to back up their decisions, and practice the discipline to continue with their plans through both good times and bad It s this mixture of consistency and evidence based analysis that allows some companies show long term success in a chaotic world.Neither luck nor chance are the reasons why some companies become great Every [...]

  25. This is one of my favorite business books I love how he references Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott, the arctic explorer to show the differences in choices they made One made choices that that took his team to death, and the other made very different choices and led his team to be the first to reach the South Pole Seeing those small decisions were so transferable to choices we make each and every day.

  26. I really like the entire series of these books While they are not super entertaining, they actually do contain some good meat that you can apply to your business rather than so much of the fluff that s out there.

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