Good to Great

by

Jim Collins

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Unsustained Comparison Term Analysis

Finally, the study also included six unsustained comparison companies. These companies would have met the criteria to be defined as good-to-great, except that they were not able to sustain their stock market gains over the necessary fifteen-year period. These companies come from a variety of industries.
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Unsustained Comparison Term Timeline in Good to Great

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Chapter 1 
The Possibility of Transformation Theme Icon
...the good-to-great companies but did not transition into great results. The second group, the “ unsustained comparison companies,” did make the jump from good to great but did not maintain their improved... (full context)
Chapter 3
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The Importance of the Right People Theme Icon
...them to keep succeeding without the individual genius. This pattern shows up especially in the unsustained comparisons , which often did well under one exceptional leader but could not sustain those successes... (full context)
Chapter 6 
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...of discipline were crucial to the good-to-great companies, Collins and his team also found that unsustained comparison companies showed immense discipline. However, discipline in the unsustained comparisons turned out to correlate with... (full context)
Chapter 7 
The Possibility of Transformation Theme Icon
Focus and Consistency Theme Icon
...In contrast, comparison companies did not usually become pioneers in technology. Those who did were unsustained comparisons , which shows, as Collins writes, that “technology alone cannot create sustained great results.” Collins... (full context)