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By James Charles Collins, Jim Collins, Jerry I. Porras

"This isn't a booklet approximately charismatic visionary leaders. it isn't approximately visionary product options or visionary items or visionary marketplace insights. neither is it approximately simply having a company imaginative and prescient. it is a ebook approximately anything way more vital, enduring, and titanic. this can be a booklet approximately visionary companies." So write Jim Collins and Jerry Porras during this groundbreaking booklet that shatters myths, offers new insights, and offers sensible tips to people who want to construct landmark businesses that stand the try out of time.

Drawing upon a six-year examine venture on the Stanford collage Graduate institution of industrial, Collins and Porras took eighteen really unheard of and long-lasting businesses — they've got a normal age of approximately 100 years and feature outperformed the final inventory marketplace via an element of fifteen due to the fact that 1926 — and studied every one corporation in direct comparability to at least one of its best rivals. They tested the firms from their very beginnings to the current day — as start-ups, as midsize businesses, and as huge organisations. all through, the authors requested: "What makes the really unheard of businesses various from different companies?"

What separates normal electrical, 3M, Merck, Wal-Mart, Hewlett-Packard, Walt Disney, and Philip Morris from their competitors? How, for instance, did Procter & Gamble, which all started lifestyles considerably at the back of rival Colgate, ultimately be triumphant because the ideal establishment in its undefined? How used to be Motorola in a position to movement from a humble battery fix enterprise into built-in circuits and mobile communications, whereas Zenith by no means grew to become dominant in whatever except TVs? How did Boeing unseat McDonnellDouglas because the world's top advertisement airplane corporation — what did Boeing have that McDonnell Douglas lacked?

By answering such questions, Collins and Porras transcend the incessant barrage of administration buzzwords and fads of the day to find undying traits that experience regularly distinct out-standing businesses. additionally they offer notion to all executives and marketers through destroying the fake yet generally permitted concept that in basic terms charismatic visionary leaders can construct visionary companies.

Filled with thousands of particular examples and arranged right into a coherent framework of useful suggestions that may be utilized through managers and marketers in any respect degrees, Built to Last offers a grasp blueprint for development firms that might prosper lengthy into the twenty-first century and beyond.


Fundamentally changing the way in which the executives take into consideration long term luck, Built to Last has turn into a bible between CEOs and executives at prestigious agencies internationally.

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But it was worth every minute. As we look back on our findings, one giant realization towers above all the others: Just about anyone can be a key protagonist in building an extraordinary business institution. The lessons of these companies can be learned and applied by the vast majority of managers at all levels. Gone forever—at least in our eyes—is the debilitating perspective that the trajectory of a company depends on whether it is led by people ordained with rare and mysterious qualities that cannot be learned by others.

As a preview of our findings, we present here a dozen common myths that were shattered during the course of our research. TWELVE SHATTERED MYTHS Myth 1: It takes a great idea to start a great company. Reality: Starting a company with a “great idea” might be a bad idea. Few of the visionary companies began life with a great idea. In fact, some began life without any specific idea and a few even began with outright failures. Furthermore, regardless of the founding concept, the visionary companies were significantly less likely to have early entrepreneurial success than the comparison companies in our study.

And the basic purpose of a visionary company—its reason for being—can serve as a guiding beacon for centuries, like an enduring star on the horizon. Yet, while keeping their core ideologies tightly fixed, visionary companies display a powerful drive for progress that enables them to change and adapt without compromising their cherished core ideals. Myth 6: Blue-chip companies play it safe. Reality: Visionary companies may appear straitlaced and conservative to outsiders, but they’re not afraid to make bold commitments to “Big Hairy Audacious Goals” (BHAGs).

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