How the Mighty Fall

  • by Jim Collins
  • Narrated by Jim Collins
  • 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Decline can be avoided. Decline can be detected. Decline can be reversed.Amidst the desolate landscape of fallen great companies, Jim Collins began to wonder: How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? How far can a company fall before the path toward doom becomes inevitable and unshakable? How can companies reverse course? In How the Mighty Fall, Collins confronts these questions, offering leaders the well-founded hope that they can learn how to stave off decline and, if they find themselves falling, reverse their course. Great companies can stumble, badly, and recover. Every institution, no matter how great, is vulnerable to decline. There is no law of nature that the most powerful will inevitably remain at the top. Anyone can fall and most eventually do.But, as Collins' research emphasizes, some companies do indeed recover. Decline, it turns out, is largely self-inflicted, and the path to recovery lies largely within our own hands. We are not imprisoned by our circumstances, our history, or even our staggering defeats along the way. As long as we never get entirely knocked out of the game, hope always remains. The mighty can fall, but they can often rise again.


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This is not Shakespeare

How the Mighty Fall is a mature and disciplined perspective on the underpinnings of business success and failure. Collins provides grounded, grown up advice: avoid hubris, don't get greedy, be honest in your self appraisals, and it's almost never too late.

Unfortunately, someone told Mr. Collins that he needed to kick the voice acting schtick up one too many notches. His reading is just short of a dramatization. This would be fine if his work was theater. But How the Mighty Fall isn't Shakespeare, it's good old American know how.

A good listen if you can get past the delivery.
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- Amygay111

Collins is always right

If you are a Jim Collins fan, which I am, you will have to read or listen to this book. It is pretty good, though not as good as his two previous books. Worth getting.
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- Roger Smith "Say something about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2009
  • Publisher: HarperAudio