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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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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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