Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

Built to Last Successful Habits of Visionary Companies Built to Last examines exceptional and long lasting companies including General Electric Boeing Disney Hewlett Packard and Proctor Gamble and compared each with one of its closest but less suc

  • Title: Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
  • Author: James C. Collins Jerry I. Porras
  • ISBN: 9780887307393
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
  • Built to Last examines 18 exceptional and long lasting companies, including General Electric, Boeing, Disney, Hewlett Packard and Proctor Gamble, and compared each with one of its closest but less successful competitors, in order to discover exactly what has given it the edge over its rivals.Companies need two basic things to beat the competition a guiding philosophBuilt to Last examines 18 exceptional and long lasting companies, including General Electric, Boeing, Disney, Hewlett Packard and Proctor Gamble, and compared each with one of its closest but less successful competitors, in order to discover exactly what has given it the edge over its rivals.Companies need two basic things to beat the competition a guiding philosophy and a challenging mission Built to Last provides a blueprint for success for companies around the world, who can learn how to succeed in a ruthlessly competitive environment The new chapter takes a much needed look at what the future may hold for Internet companies.

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    1. James C. Collins Jerry I. Porras

      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.

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    2. Visionary companies are premier institutions - the crown jewels - in their industries, widely admired by their peers and having a long track record of making a significant impact on the world around them. The key point is that a visionary company is an organization - an institution. All individual leaders, no matter how charismatic or visionary, eventually die; and all visionary products and services - all "great ideas" - eventually become obsolete. Indeed, entire markets can become obsolete and [...]

    3. This is one of the few business books I read cover to cover. I found its idea of what makes companies great to be an inspiring one. It led me to formulate my own "Big Hairy Audacious Goal," which I've tried to use to guide my company ever since: Changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators.

    4. Both James Collins and Jerry Porras have worked for a couple of the visionary companies that they write about and both have taught at Stanford University Graduate School of Business (Porras still does). Collins specializes in management education while Porras specializes in organizational behavior and change. They write and speak extensively in these fields and work as consultants for many successful organizations.The thesis of this book is that visionary enduring companies are not dependent upo [...]

    5. jim collins cherry picked some companies that he thinks successfull and compare them to 'failed' rival company in the same industry to find out what characteristics that successful company has that the rival company doesn'tSounds good, but the problem is, he didn't compare the opposite. What those characteristics of successful company which other failed company also has but they still failed.For example, Big Hairy Audicious goal. I'm pretty sure that a lot of company around the world also has bu [...]

    6. The single most important point to take away from this book is the critical importance of creating tangible mechanisms aligned to preserve the core and stimulate progress. This is the essence of clock building. 5 specific methods to do preserve the core and stimulate progress: *BHAGs: Commitment to challenging, audacious - and often risky - goals and projects toward which a visionary company channels its efforts (stimulates progress) *Cult-like Cultures: Great places to work only for those who b [...]

    7. I'm reading this book for a company book club. My company views this work as guide for building and maintaining the companyking sure that it's 'built to last'. Reading Built to Last is also part of my indoctrination into the company culture, which I am told I am a good 'fit' for. It only follows that our book discussions are filled with comparisons of our company and the 'visionary' companies studied. We spend time relating what we read to what we see on a day-to-day basis at work, which makes t [...]

    8. i liked that they focused on companies that have made it long term in this book. it demonstrates that great companies aren't solely built on an idea or market timing; but on great systems, having a vision and mission that is higher than money (for real, not just something you put on a plaque somewhere), and creating a tight, consistent culture that it becomes apparent very quickly whether or not someone is a fit. I actually took their advice and spent some time thinking about what my mission wou [...]

    9. Эта книга очень хорошо дополняет книгу "От хорошего к великому" того же автора. Она является её продолжением. В "Построенные навечно" хорошо обобщаются данные, детализируются принципы успеха, наводятся хорошие примеры и приведены отличные выводы. Рекомендую её также как и [...]

    10. Update: I flipped through this a few days ago and realized this book is only slightly better than "Who Moved My Cheese," and other business-related books. I read this years ago, and today it's the only "business book" that has stayed on my shelves here at home after I finished my 30 years in corporate America. There are some good articles about successful companies vs. failed companies, and if I ever start a company, there are some admirable ones here with which to study.

    11. I started to read this book after finishing Good To Great by Jim C Collins and it's really an excellent book that led me to reformulate my own concept about company's core values, purpose. The following chapters Clock Builder, Big Hairy Audacious Goal and Try a lot of stuff are extremely important and it did help me to see the bigger picture of how a company should operate. definitely, it's a must-read the book for any manager, CEO, Entrepreneur who is interested to contribute in building any co [...]

    12. I actually started this book 9 years back. But somehow never got around to completing it. This time I resolved to see it the full way. The book has some good insights that make lot of sense for a company, a department and I feel even for an individual. The research methodology looks rigorous but as the authors themselves have pointed towards the closing, there are some gaps in the approach. However I feel there are broad patterns we can see in successful organizations - having core values that r [...]

    13. I liked this book very much and especially how the title of the book is derived. ‘Built to last’ is all about visionary companies and how they built themselves to survive the tough periods and did changed the world and still lasted. The author doesn’t categorize only the profitable companies alone as visionary companies, rather how these companies distinguished themselves to categorize their vision and how they started and sustained from the beginning to till now and what we can learn from [...]

    14. 'Built to Last'- What I learnedA well-researched Business book which thoroughly describes what building a visionary company entails. It is full of numerous examples from the eighteen sets of Visionary-- Comparison companies studied- from which the findings of the book were derived. After reading this book, you would realize that creating a corporate vision is more of a discovery and in no way a 'wordsmithing' process. Having a vision statement doesn't only make a great company. Visionary compani [...]

    15. In my opinion, this book is a well-researched paper about successful companies in comparison with the “not so” successful companies doing the same kind of business. Built to Last brings together years of study by Jim and Jerry making it an awesome read for business unit managers, CEOs and entrepreneurs. The contents of chapters such as, more than profits, can serve as a talent attraction tool (especially millennials) in today’s business world. Why? Research has shown that millennials prefe [...]

    16. So far in business there are three highly respected books written about research performed on businesses and what makes them successful. The first would be In Search of Excellence. The second would be Built to Last and, finally, Good to Great.Built to last compares companies within the same industry to see what makes one “visionary” and the other not so visionary. It looks at several different industries this way. The book acknowledges that there may be some flaws with its research but, in t [...]

    17. A precursor to the author's later book, Good to Great, Built to Last is a scientifically backed study of what separates Visionary Companies from Merely Good Companies.There's a lot of good stuff here, but it is best summed up with their remark that "building a visionary company is a design problem" as opposed to a more mechanistic problem.And that sounds exactly right. A cookie cutter approach simply doesn't work. Instead, companies need to take a really deep look at their unique drives and purp [...]

    18. Oddly enough, though this was the first of the big Jim Collins books, it was the last one I read. Since this was first published in 1994 you can note that one or two of those companies may not last much longer. Motorola, for instance, may be on the edge. But the core concept of this book is still relevant, that you need to stick to your core values but be willing to change everything else. This book preceded Collins' smash hit "Good to Great", but in fact I would read all three of them together [...]

    19. Built to Last is a very well researched and a convincing book that has definitely opened my mind to new ideas and thoughts about companies. Every chapter of the book is important. The authors have evidently shown visionary and comparison companies to show how the same idea may not still work if you don't have certain characteristics. The best and maybe the most scariest part is that there is no right or no wrong characteristic - It is about your passion, your vision, your core values, your purpo [...]

    20. One of the most valuable books I've read on how to build a company that will change the world. The book is loaded with research, hard evidence to support the claims and with great stories. Collins really nailed it with this one, the content debunks a lot of the myths established by business schools, general public and media. I strongly urge you to read this book, even if you aren't planning to start a company. It will teach you many great lessons which will help you to achieve more success in li [...]

    21. Corporate blah blah blah blah.I struggled to get through it, but it wasn't the most painful business book ever. I just can't stand the earnestness. Business books that read like they just found the map to the holy grail irk me. Cop to having a great deal of luck and admit your outlook may be totally wrong, but it's the best you could schlep together with what you know, and I'll get on board. If you fully buy into your own BS, I'm not going to enjoy your work.

    22. The research behind this book identifies a few key characteristics that "visionary" organizations have. Interestingly, the definition of "visionary" is incredibly robust, and the author's team went to great lengths to identify those things that made these companies great. I strongly recommend this book for anybody working in organizational development, or anyone that wants to make their organization better.

    23. Great book, detailing the successes of visionary companies and what differentiates them from their competitors. Inspiring, makes me want to implement as many of the suggestions as I can in my own company. I want to read "The Halo Effect", a book a different author that details possible errors in the research done by Collins on this book - balanced viewpoints are important.

    24. Pretty good but dated, and some of the words of wisdom failed in some of the cases. Enjoyed the discussion of the visionary plan of Freddie Mac to change the mortgage industry to benefit more people starting in 1992. The noted that these changes might out live the secondary mortgage industry probably happened not the way they planned.

    25. Great lessons based on detailed research, inspiring and challenging, enormous insights into how people created companies that have lasted decades and survived changes of CEOs, radical market and economic shifts, and how you can replicate that success.

    26. Interesting Ideas were conveyed in the bookbut i feel that all these ideas cant be applied in the Indian business scenario.

    27. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials) To differentiate my review from the myriad others, I try to relate it to church and faith-based organizations. Collins has written his own summary on his website, which is handy. Really, this book is a study on management and organizational behavior in competitive by firms who went from a garage idea to income equivalent to the GNP of small countries and kept growing there for decades. I don't find the commonali [...]

    28. On a whim, I picked up this book at an airport bookstore. I had heard the name of it before, and it was better than I expected. (I’m also a bit of a sucker for business books)The idea of the book is to examine “visionary” companies (premier in their industry, widely admired, etc.) and try to figure out what makes them different. So the first step is to identify visionary companies, which they did by sending out a survey to top CEOs. (they also set an arbitrary cutoff of founding before 195 [...]

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