Good to Great

Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

Author: Jim Collins

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0066620996

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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The Challenge Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the verybeginning. But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? The Study For years, this question preyed on the mind of Jim Collins. Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great? The Standards Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. How great? After the leap, the good-to-great companies generated cumulative stock returns that beat the general stock market by an average of seven times in fifteen years, better than twice the results delivered by a composite index of the world's greatest companies, including Coca-Cola, Intel, General Electric, and Merck. The Comparisons The research team contrasted the good-to-great companies with a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to make the leap from good to great. What was different? Why did one set of companies become truly great performers while the other set remained only good? Over five years, the team analyzed the histories of all twenty-eight companies in the study. After sifting through mountains of data and thousands of pages of interviews, Collins and his crew discovered the key determinants of greatness -- why some companies make the leap and others don't. The Findings The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. The findings include: Level 5 Leaders: The research team was shocked to discover the type of leadership required to achieve greatness. The Hedgehog Concept (Simplicity within the Three Circles): To go from good to great requires transcending the curse of competence. A Culture of Discipline: When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results. Technology Accelerators: Good-to-great companies think differently about the role of technology. The Flywheel and the Doom Loop: Those who launch radical change programs and wrenching restructurings will almost certainly fail to make the leap. “Some of the key concepts discerned in the study,” comments Jim Collins, "fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.” Perhaps, but who can afford to ignore these findings?
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Good to Great

Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... and Others Don't

Author: James Charles Collins

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0712676090

Category: Business

Page: 300

View: 1787

Can a good company become a great one and, if so, how? After a five-year research project, Collins concludes that good to great can and does happen. In this book, he uncovers the underlying variables that enable any type of organization to make the leap from good to great while other organizations remain only good. Rigorously supported by evidence, his findings are surprising - at times even shocking - to the modern mind. Good to Great achieves a rare distinction: a management book full of vital ideas that reads as well as a fast-paced novel.
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Good to Great

Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

Author: Jim Collins

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062119206

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 7247

The Challenge Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the verybeginning. But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? The Study For years, this question preyed on the mind of Jim Collins. Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great? The Standards Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. How great? After the leap, the good-to-great companies generated cumulative stock returns that beat the general stock market by an average of seven times in fifteen years, better than twice the results delivered by a composite index of the world's greatest companies, including Coca-Cola, Intel, General Electric, and Merck. The Comparisons The research team contrasted the good-to-great companies with a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to make the leap from good to great. What was different? Why did one set of companies become truly great performers while the other set remained only good? Over five years, the team analyzed the histories of all twenty-eight companies in the study. After sifting through mountains of data and thousands of pages of interviews, Collins and his crew discovered the key determinants of greatness -- why some companies make the leap and others don't. The Findings The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. The findings include: Level 5 Leaders: The research team was shocked to discover the type of leadership required to achieve greatness. The Hedgehog Concept (Simplicity within the Three Circles): To go from good to great requires transcending the curse of competence. A Culture of Discipline: When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results. Technology Accelerators: Good-to-great companies think differently about the role of technology. The Flywheel and the Doom Loop: Those who launch radical change programs and wrenching restructurings will almost certainly fail to make the leap. “Some of the key concepts discerned in the study,” comments Jim Collins, "fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.” Perhaps, but who can afford to ignore these findings?
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Good To Great And The Social Sectors

A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great

Author: James Charles Collins

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0977326403

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 35

View: 3165

Proposes applying the author's business strategies for transforming companies to nonprofit and public organizations to help them increase efficiency and most benefit the clients they serve.
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Good to Great to Gone

The 60 Year Rise and Fall of Circuit City

Author: Alan Wurtzel

Publisher: Diversion Books

ISBN: 1938120256

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 386

View: 7683

Chronicling his 13 years as CEO of Circuit City during its most successful time and sharing his insightful analysis of its downfall, Alan Wurtzel imparts a wisdom that is a must-read for anyone even remotely interested in business. “Good to Great to Gone illustrates the vital importance of listening to your customers. Without them your company has nothing.” ―Tony Hsieh, New York Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc. How did Circuit City go from a Mom and Pop store with a mere $13,000 investment, to the best performing Fortune 500 Company for any 15-year period between 1965 and 1995, to bankruptcy and liquidation in 2009? What must leaders do not only to take a business from good to great, but to avoid plummeting from great to gone in a constantly evolving marketplace? For almost 50 years, Circuit City was able to successfully navigate the constant changes in the consumer electronics marketplace and meet consumer demand and taste preferences. But with the company’s subsequent decline and ultimate demise in 2009, former CEO Alan Wurtzel has the rare perspective of a company insider in the role of an outsider looking in. Believing that there is no singular formula for strategy, Wurtzel emphasizes the “Habits of Mind” that influence critical management decisions. With key takeaways at the end of each chapter, Wurtzel offers advice and guidance to ensure any business stays on track, even in the wake of disruption, a changing consumer landscape, and new competitors. Part social history, part cautionary tale, and part business strategy guide, Good to Great to Gone: The 60 Year Rise and Fall of Circuit City features a memorable story with critical leadership lessons.
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Built to Last

Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

Author: Jim Collins,Jerry I. Porras

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062119087

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

View: 2495

"This is not a book about charismatic visionary leaders. It is not about visionary product concepts or visionary products or visionary market insights. Nor is it about just having a corporate vision. This is a book about something far more important, enduring, and substantial. This is a book about visionary companies." So write Jim Collins and Jerry Porras in this groundbreaking book that shatters myths, provides new insights, and gives practical guidance to those who would like to build landmark companies that stand the test of time. Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Collins and Porras took eighteen truly exceptional and long-lasting companies -- they have an average age of nearly one hundred years and have outperformed the general stock market by a factor of fifteen since 1926 -- and studied each company in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. They examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day -- as start-ups, as midsize companies, and as large corporations. Throughout, the authors asked: "What makes the truly exceptional companies different from other companies?" What separates General Electric, 3M, Merck, Wal-Mart, Hewlett-Packard, Walt Disney, and Philip Morris from their rivals? How, for example, did Procter & Gamble, which began life substantially behind rival Colgate, eventually prevail as the premier institution in its industry? How was Motorola able to move from a humble battery repair business into integrated circuits and cellular communications, while Zenith never became dominant in anything other than TVs? How did Boeing unseat McDonnell Douglas as the world's best commercial aircraft company -- what did Boeing have that McDonnell Douglas lacked? By answering such questions, Collins and Porras go beyond the incessant barrage of management buzzwords and fads of the day to discover timeless qualities that have consistently distinguished out-standing companies. They also provide inspiration to all executives and entrepreneurs by destroying the false but widely accepted idea that only charismatic visionary leaders can build visionary companies. Filled with hundreds of specific examples and organized into a coherent framework of practical concepts that can be applied by managers and entrepreneurs at all levels, Built to Last provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the twenty-first century and beyond.
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Relentless

From Good to Great to Unstoppable

Author: Tim S. Grover,Shari Wenk

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476714207

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 233

View: 2755

An award-winning trainer draws on experience with such top athletes as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Ken Griffey, Jr. to explain how to tap dark competitive reflexes in order to succeed regardless of circumstances, explaining the importance of finding internal resources and harnessing the power of personal fears and instincts.
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Good to Great in 30 Minutes - The Expert Guide to Jim Collins's Critically Acclaimed Book (the 30 Minute Expert Series)

Author: The 30 Minute Expert Series

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781623151195

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 36

View: 7946

For a complete understanding of Jim Collins's Good to Great, we strongly encourage you to purchase the original book titled Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... and Others Don't by HarperBusiness. What does it take for a company, large or small, to make the leap from merely being good to being great? Can the principles of greatness in business be universally applied outside the corporate world? In his multimillion selling blockbuster Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... and Others Don't, Jim Collins surveys eleven of America's most successful companies and attempts to answer why they are so great. Good to Great in 30 Minutes is a concise guide to understanding Jim Collins's theory that good companies transcend their limitations to becoming great through discipline; focused, ambitious leadership; and use of technology to accelerate growth. This expert guide details: * Jim Collins's background as a research-based business strategist * Critical analysis of Collins's methodology for determining truly great companies and how they became industry leaders * A chapter-by-chapter synopsis explaining the main principles in Good to Great * Collins's key concepts of assembling the right team, overcoming adversity, and achieving and sustaining greatness * Key Terms and definitions covering concepts such as a "doom loop" and "Level 5 Leaders." * Recommended Reading and a Bibliography for further research into this fascinating business theory. Good to Great in 30 Minutes is an introduction to the key concepts of Good to Great and a detailed look at how Jim Collins and his colleagues arrived at their conclusions. Good to Great appeals not only to business leaders but also to anyone interested in taking an organization from good to great. About the 30 Minute Expert Series Offering a concise exploration of a book's ideas, history, application and critical reception, the 30 Minute Expert Series is designed for busy individuals interested in acquiring an in-depth understanding of seminal works. More than just a summary, the 30 Minute Expert Series offers detailed analysis, critical presentation of key ideas and their application, extensive reading lists for additional information, and a contextual understanding of the work of leading authors. Designed as a companion to the original work, the 30 Minute Expert Series enables readers to develop expert knowledge of an important work ... in 30 minutes.
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How The Mighty Fall

And Why Some Companies Never Give In

Author: Jim Collins

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0977326411

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 7547

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. Collins' research project—more than four years in duration—uncovered five step-wise stages of decline: Stage 1: Hubris Born of Success Stage 2: Undisciplined Pursuit of More Stage 3: Denial of Risk and Peril Stage 4: Grasping for Salvation Stage 5: Capitulation to Irrelevance or Death By understanding these stages of decline, leaders can substantially reduce their chances of falling all the way to the bottom. 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—in some cases, coming back even stronger—even after having crashed into the depths of Stage 4. 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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Good to Great in God's Eyes

10 Practices Great Christians Have in Common

Author: Chip Ingram

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1493406957

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 9436

Now poised to reach a new readership, Good to Great in God's Eyes shows how Christians can honor God with lives of great faith and excellent work. Believers become great in God's eyes by applying the ten common characteristics of great Christians: - think great thoughts - read great books - pursue great people - dream great dreams - pray great prayers - take great risks - make great sacrifices - enjoy great moments - empower great people - develop great habits Using Scripture, personal stories, and examples from Christians who left a lasting legacy, bestselling author Chip Ingram offers practical steps for becoming great in all areas of life, in spiritual growth, family, relationships, and career. Includes a foreword by Bob Buford and helpful discussion questions to facilitate group or individual study.
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Good to Great

Summarized for Busy People

Author: David Campbell,John Collins

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781532973291

Category:

Page: 38

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Good to Great Learn all the most powerful Strategies, Tactics and Secrets of the Great Companies and bring your company from Good to Great in no Time with this short and sweet summary of Good to Great by Jim Collins The best-seller "Good to Great" by Jim Collins reveals the secrets of the greatest companies in the world and how they can excel in a competitive and globalized world. He has done a great job bringing together the most important business and leadership techniques to make your company a great one! Still not everybody has the time to read 300 pages to grasp the fundamentals of the biggest companies worldwide, that is why I have already done the job for you and I have summarized the most important lessons from Good to Great by Jim Collins. Now you can start applying this powerful ideas in your company in no time at all! Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn... The Search for Good to GreatLevel 5 LeadershipFirst Who...Then WhatConfront the Brutal Facts (Yet Never Lose Faith)The Hedgehog Concept (Simplicity Within the Three Circles)A Culture of DisciplineTechnology AcceleratorsThe Flywheel and The Doom LoopFrom "Good to Great" to "Built to Last"Much, much more! Find out the most important lessons of Good to Great with this short and sweet summary in no time! Take action today and get your copy for a limited time discount Tags: good to great, good to great jim collins kindle, good to great jim collins, business, leadership, management, jim collins
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Good To Great Families

Author: Jeffrey Applegate

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1300087153

Category:

Page: 144

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Research has demonstrated that the lasting great companies consistently outperforming the market decade after decade have one thing in common. They all have a clear vision, mission statement and core values ingrained into their organzation and guide their business. This book seeks to provide an illustration of applying the successful business practices of vision, mission, and core values to leading your family. As the author shares his personal experience you will be inspired to apply these principles to leading your family. Develop a vision, mission statement and core values for your family. Celebrate rites of passage with your children. Create a one page plan to guide and create boundaries for decisions. Create a legacy that you can pass on from generation to generation.
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The Hedgehog and the Fox

An Essay on Tolstoy’s View of History, Second Edition

Author: Isaiah Berlin

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400846633

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

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"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." This ancient Greek aphorism, preserved in a fragment from the poet Archilochus, describes the central thesis of Isaiah Berlin's masterly essay on Leo Tolstoy and the philosophy of history, the subject of the epilogue to War and Peace. Although there have been many interpretations of the adage, Berlin uses it to mark a fundamental distinction between human beings who are fascinated by the infinite variety of things and those who relate everything to a central, all-embracing system. Applied to Tolstoy, the saying illuminates a paradox that helps explain his philosophy of history: Tolstoy was a fox, but believed in being a hedgehog. One of Berlin's most celebrated works, this extraordinary essay offers profound insights about Tolstoy, historical understanding, and human psychology. This new edition features a revised text that supplants all previous versions, English translations of the many passages in foreign languages, a new foreword in which Berlin biographer Michael Ignatieff explains the enduring appeal of Berlin's essay, and a new appendix that provides rich context, including excerpts from reviews and Berlin's letters, as well as a startling new interpretation of Archilochus's epigram.
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Great by Choice

Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

Author: Jim Collins,Morten T. Hansen

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062121006

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 350

Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns withanother groundbreaking work, this time to ask: why do some companies thrive inuncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? Based on nine years of research,buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories, Collins andhis colleague Morten Hansen enumerate the principles for building a truly greatenterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous and fast-moving times. This book isclassic Collins: contrarian, data-driven and uplifting.
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Five Stars

The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great

Author: Carmine Gallo

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250183472

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 5601

“As technology threatens to displace countless jobs and skills, the ability to communicate is becoming more important than ever. This book is full of examples to help you get better at transporting your thoughts and emotions into the minds of other people.” —Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg How to master the art of persuasion—from the bestselling author of Talk Like TED. Ideas don’t sell themselves. As the forces of globalization, automation, and artificial intelligence combine to disrupt every field, having a good idea isn’t good enough. Mastering the ancient art of persuasion is the key to standing out, getting ahead, and achieving greatness in the modern world. Communication is no longer a “soft” skill—it is the human edge that will make you unstoppable, irresistible, and irreplaceable—earning you that perfect rating, that fifth star. In Five Stars, Carmine Gallo, bestselling author of Talk Like TED, breaks down how to apply Aristotle’s formula of persuasion to inspire contemporary audiences. As the nature of work changes, and technology carries things across the globe in a moment, communication skills become more valuable—not less. Gallo interviews neuroscientists, economists, historians, billionaires, and business leaders of companies like Google, Nike, and Airbnb to show first-hand how they use their words to captivate your imagination and ignite your dreams. In the knowledge age—the information economy—you are only as valuable as your ideas. Five Stars is a book to help you bridge the gap between mediocrity and exceptionality, and gain your competitive edge in the age of automation. In Five Stars, you will also learn: -The one skill billionaire Warren Buffett says will raise your value by 50 percent. -Why your job might fall into a category where 75 percent or more of your income relies on your ability to sell your idea. -How Airbnb’s founders follow a classic 3-part formula shared by successful Hollywood movies. -Why you should speak in third-grade language to persuade adult listeners. -The one brain hack Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Picasso used to unlock their best ideas.
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Good to Great

Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review

Author: Instaread

Publisher: Instaread Summaries

ISBN: 1944195467

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 36

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Good to Great by Jim Collins | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review Preview: What does it take to make something—an activity, a work of art, a company—great? What are the factors that distinguish the merely good from the truly great? In Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don’t, Jim Collinsoffers insight into what makes a business truly great… PLEASE NOTE: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread of Good to Great:Overview of the bookImportant PeopleKey TakeawaysAnalysis of Key Takeaways
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The Halo Effect

. . . and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers

Author: Phil Rosenzweig

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476784035

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 7890

Controversial and iconoclastic, a veteran corporate manager and business school professor exposes the dangerous myths, fantasies, and delusions that pervade much of the business world today.
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Good to Great to Innovate

Recalculating the Route to Career Readiness, K-12+

Author: Lyn Sharratt,Gale Harild

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1483331873

Category: Education

Page: 312

View: 693

Guide your students to a successful future in the new economy Learn how outstanding schools on five continents address career readiness, and how your program can best prepare students for a successful future. Written for education leaders at all levels, this resource shows how to: Design a continuum of learning that empowers your students to become independent decision-makers Consistently support student voice and choice through all grade levels Integrate multiple Pathways to opportunity in your curriculum by developing local community partnerships Develop an approach to career readiness that recognizes the value of college, the workplace, university and the new “gold collar” jobs, including technology and the skilled trades
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The New Capitalist Manifesto

Building a Disruptively Better Business

Author: Umair Haque

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1422172341

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 937

In this manifesto-style book, radical economist and strategist Umair Haque calls for the end of the corrupt business ideals that exemplify business as usual. His passionate vision for "Capitalism 2.0," or "constructive capitalism," is one in which old paradigms of wasteful growth, inefficient competition, and self-destructive ideals are left far behind at this reset moment. According the Haque, the economic crisis was not a market failure or even a financial crisis, but an institutional one. Haque details a holistic five-step plan for both reducing the negative and exploitive nature of the current system and ensuring positive social and economic growth for the future. Haque calls for a reexamination of ideals, and urges business away from competition and rivalries and toward a globally-conscious and constructive model--and a constructive future. Haque argues that companies must learn to orient their business models around: - renewal in order to maximize efficiency - equity in order to maximize productivity - meaning in order to maximize effectiveness - democracy in order to maximize agility - peace in order to maximize evolvability These new business ideals focus on the human element - not profit exclusively - and are easily tailored for any size or type of business, as long as they are willing to make bold and sustained changes to the current system.
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