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Hi! I’m Robert N. Jacobs – father, husband, author, wannabe philosopher, wannabe many things, deep thinker, and big dreamer. Welcome to Thinkers Books, a space where you can read a summary of a selection of non-fiction books on topics across business, psychology, self-help, and success. How are these books selected? Well, not every book will make it onto the list, but those that do are chosen because of the positive impact they have and their potential to help create a better future for both businesses and individuals. The objective of each summary is to highlight some of the key learnings from the book and, if the message resonates with you, to spark curiosity for deeper digging. A link to purchase the book is provided at the end of each summary. All summarised content is strictly the view of each featured author and therefore all credit must go to the authors and publishers of every amazing book on our list. If you have any thoughts, opinions, or book recommendations, please do get in touch at Happy Reading.

Good to Great

Jim Collins (2001)

In writing this book, Jim Collins’ intention was to answer the question of why some companies make the leap from being good to being great – and others don’t. His research began with the simple assertion that there are very few companies, schools, or individuals in society that become great, and this is because there are so many that are good. Becoming good is fairly easy, and staying that way is easier still, but what does it take to become great? After a conversation with Bill Meehan, managing director of McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco office, it became clear to Jim that the vast majority of companies would “wake up partway through life and realise that they’re good, but not great,” leading him to question: “Can a good company become a great company and, if so, how?




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