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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.
©2009 Jim Collins (P)2009 Jim Collins
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3 out of 5 stars
By Roger on 07-07-09

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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4 out of 5 stars
By J on 06-23-09

Good not great--missing appendices?

I love Jim Collins' work--Good to Great, Built to Last, and now How the Mighty Fall. The text is well written, the narration excellent, but the substantial appendices which contain detailed case study information (based on statements made during the reading) are missing--only one is covered.

Because of this, I doubt you will want to substitute the audio book for the paper version.

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