Grow to Greatness

Smart Growth for Entrepreneurial Businesses

Author: Edward Hess

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804781907

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 296

View: 674

Simply put, most entrepreneurial start-ups fail. Those fortunate enough to succeed then face a second, major challenge: how to grow. This book focuses on the key questions an entrepreneur must answer in order to grow a business. Based on extensive research of more than fifty successful growth companies, Grow to Greatness discusses the top ten growth challenges and how to overcome them. Author Edward D. Hess dispels the myth that businesses must grow or die. Growth can create value. But, too much growth too fast outstrips effective processes, controls, or management capacity. Viewing growth as "recurring change," Grow to Greatness lays out a framework for how to approach business development—and how to manage its risks and pace. The book then takes readers through chapters that explore whether the time is right to grow, how to do it, and how to manage the vital reality that growth requires the right leadership, culture, and people. Uniquely, this book aims to prepare readers for the day-to-day reality of growth, offering up the lived experiences of eleven entrepreneurs. Six workshops to assess where readers stand now and a suite of templates that will prove to be useful over time help bring the book's teachings to life. After reading this book, entrepreneurs will have a real understanding of their readiness to grow and place in the growth cycle, as well as a concrete action plan for where to take their businesses next. Many books address how to start a business, but this is a unique, go-to resource for readers who want to learn how to thrive beyond the start-up phase.

Grow to Greatness

Smart Growth for Entrepreneurial Businesses

Author: Edward Hess

Publisher: Stanford Business Books

ISBN: 9780804775342

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 296

View: 4693

Simply put, most entrepreneurial start-ups fail. Those fortunate enough to succeed then face a second, major challenge: how to grow. This book focuses on the key questions an entrepreneur must answer in order to grow a business. Based on extensive research of more than fifty successful growth companies, Grow to Greatness discusses the top ten growth challenges and how to overcome them. Author Edward D. Hess dispels the myth that businesses must grow or die. Growth can create value. But, too much growth too fast outstrips effective processes, controls, or management capacity. Viewing growth as "recurring change," Grow to Greatness lays out a framework for how to approach business development—and how to manage its risks and pace. The book then takes readers through chapters that explore whether the time is right to grow, how to do it, and how to manage the vital reality that growth requires the right leadership, culture, and people. Uniquely, this book aims to prepare readers for the day-to-day reality of growth, offering up the lived experiences of eleven entrepreneurs. Six workshops to assess where readers stand now and a suite of templates that will prove to be useful over time help bring the book's teachings to life. After reading this book, entrepreneurs will have a real understanding of their readiness to grow and place in the growth cycle, as well as a concrete action plan for where to take their businesses next. Many books address how to start a business, but this is a unique, go-to resource for readers who want to learn how to thrive beyond the start-up phase.

Grow to Greatness

How to Build a World-Class Franchise System Faster

Author: Steve Olson

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781475265330

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 254

View: 4819

The #1 best-seller on franchise development and Amazon #1 best-seller, Grow to Greatness has instantly become the must-read, essential guide on how to build a world-class franchise system faster. This breakthrough book delivers advice and proven, step-by-step systems and processes for emerging and established franchisors, as well as for anyone considering franchising their business. The $29.95 guide has saved existing and potential franchisors thousands of dollars in costly mistakes. -- One hundred+ case examples and checklists reveal how to do it right ... and how not to do it wrong! -- Profit from real "best practices" solutions and proven step-by-step processes -- Endorsed by franchising's top brand executives of KFC, Taco Bell, Dunkin' Donuts, Pinkberry, Molly Maids, Postnet, Checkers, AlphaGraphics, Popeye's, Cartridge World, Express Employment Professionals, the International Franchise Association ... and many more. Each benchmark is described in detail, supported by case studies, industry research and steps taken by franchise leaders from various industries. " Steve's Grow to Greatness is the 'Driver's Ed Manual'. It delivers great lessons for startup franchisors and the most seasoned franchise executives. In the words of Bill Rosenberg, founder of Dunkin' Donuts and the International Franchise Association, 'We can avoid failures, if we study success.' Study Grow to Greatness and you will be rewarded." John Reynolds, CFE President, IFA Educational Foundation

Grow to be Great

Breaking the Downsizing Cycle

Author: Joao P.A. Baptista,Dwight L. Gertz

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439136355

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 7532

No company ever shrank to greatness, conclude Dwight Gertz and João Baptista. Drawing upon their new study of more than 1,000 large companies, the authors argue that managers must move beyond the current wave of downsizing, restructuring, and reengineering. Contrary to current management fads, they contend that companies must grow to be great. Managers now involved in downsizing must consider long-term goals for growth alongside short-term measures for slimming. Gertz and Baptista shatter popular corporate myths by revealing that growth opportunities are everywhere, across all business sectors -- even in stable industries and in companies "too big to grow." Using case studies, Gertz and Baptista analyze successful high-growth firms such as Starbucks, Staples, USAA. They examine not only the strategies followed by these companies -- customer franchise management, superior new product development, and channel management -- but also what they did to make these strategies successful. They discuss how, regardless of differences in strategic approach, the transformations achieved by these firms are based on the same three "foundations for growth": superior customer value, outstanding economics across the value chain, and excellence in process execution. They demonstrate how these three foundations work together, forming a powerful framework through which to attain corporate goals. Distilling these findings into useful tools for the evaluation of any strategy, Gertz and Baptista show how those facing the difficult task of turnaround can get back to growth. By examining improvements at four companies within the context of their growth framework, they analyze the combination of inspiration, leadership, and technique which has enabled these firms to prosper. Shifting the focus from cost-cutting to growth is a challenge that thousands of companies must now face. Gertz and Baptista have given CEO's, managers, and consultants in every industry a clear framework from which to build sustainable growth in revenues and profits. This book is a practical and colorful guide for those who want to grow to be great.

Smart Growth

Building an Enduring Business by Managing the Risks of Growth

Author: Edward D. Hess

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231150504

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 230

View: 1340

Wall Street believes that all public companies should grow smoothly and continuously, as evidenced by ever-increasing quarterly earnings, and that all companies either "grow or die." Introducing a research-based growth model called "Smart Growth," Edward D. Hess challenges this ethos and its dangerous mentality, which often deters real growth and pressures businesses to create, manufacture, and purchase noncore earnings just to appease Wall Street. Smart Growth accounts for the complexity of growth from the perspective of organization, process, change, leadership, cognition, risk management, employee engagement, and human dynamics. Authentic growth is much more than a strategy or a desired result. It is a process characterized by complex change, entrepreneurial action, experimental learning, and the management of risk. Hess draws on extensive public and private company research, incorporating case studies of Best Buy, Sysco, UPS, Costco, Starbucks, McDonalds, Coca Cola, Room & Board, Home Depot, Tiffany & Company, P&G, and Jet Blue. With conceptual innovations such as an Authentic Earnings and Growth System framework, a seven-step growth funnel pipeline, a Growth Decision Template, and a Growth Risks Audit, Hess provides a blueprint for an enduring business that strives to be better, rather than simply bigger.

Grow Smart, Risk Less

A Low-Capital Path to Multiplying Your Business Through Franchising

Author: Shelly Sun

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group

ISBN: 160832284X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 301

View: 1285

Experienced franchisor Shelly Sun shares practical advice, insights, and her own compelling experiences to help readers discover the power and avoid the pitfalls of franchising their businesses. * A low-risk, low-capital path to astounding growth. In today's economic environment, and long into the future, access to capital is limited. Successful business owners have few options for dramatically expanding their brand, taking it to the regional, national, or even international arena. Grow Smart, Risk Less describes how readers, through franchising, can use other people's money and leverage their success for rapid growth. * Covers the entire process of franchising. Most books on franchising focus on educating the franchisee, but this book is designed to fully educate the franchisor. The author walks readers through each stage of the franchising process: from determining if they have a franchisable concept, to assembling a professional team without wasting money, to adjusting the business model along the way for optimum growth, to growing as a leader to assume new challenges. * Written by an experienced, nationally lauded franchisor. Unlike many authors of books on franchising, Shelly Sun has been through the process, growing her business from $1 million to $100 million in five years. She's been named entrepreneur of the year by the International Franchise Association and is being featured on a network prime-time show about compelling companies.

Growing Into Greatness with God

7 Paths to Greatness for Our Sons and Daughters

Author: Janet Autherine

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780991200016

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 78

View: 3554

Every child is created in the image of God, and every child carries this amazing gift of greatness inside himself or herself. But children hear mixed messages on a daily basis. Growing into Greatness with God encourages kids to see themselves as unique - already blessed with what they need to succeed in life and achieve their God-given dreams.

Prelude to Greatness

Lincoln in the 1850's

Author: Don Edward Fehrenbacher

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804701204

Category: History

Page: 205

View: 3675

Unlocking Greatness

The Unexpected Journey from the Life You Have to the Life You Want

Author: Charlie Harary,Mark Dagostino

Publisher: Rodale Books

ISBN: 1623369770

Category: Self-Help

Page: 288

View: 1280

A guide to successfully getting the life you want by changing your perspective and discovering your ideal self. More often than not, our own mental obstacles are holding us back from the joy, fulfillment, and meaning that we all crave, but by retooling our perspectives, we gain the ability to see the path toward the life we truly desire. Charlie Harary, business executive, professor, speaker, and radio host, combines the wisdom of science, spirituality, and personal growth in practical and understandable terms so you can take the life you have and make it the life you want. Everyone has the extraordinary capacity to transform their life. And it’s easier to do than you might think—in order to get what you want, to achieve that sense of greater life satisfaction, all you need to do is learn how to best use the resources you already have. Based on the latest research into the brain’s neuroplasticity, analysis of ancient wisdom, and exploration of the practices of today’s greatest achievers, Harary offers guidance and inspiration so you can break through the clutter and confusion of your life and find your true purpose.

The Sales Manager's Guide to Greatness

Ten Essential Strategies for Leading Your Team to the Top

Author: Kevin F. Davis

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group

ISBN: 1626343896

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 248

View: 2767

Straightforward advice for taking your sales team to the next level! ​ If your sales team isn’t producing the results expected, the pressure is on you to fix the situation fast. One option is to replace salespeople. A better option is for you to optimize your performance as a sales leader. In The Sales Manager’s Guide to Greatness, sales management consultant Kevin F. Davis offers 10 proven and distinctly practical strategies, skills, and tools for overcoming the most challenging obstacles sales managers face and moving your team ahead of the pack. This book will help you: Learn the 6 sales rep instincts that can cripple your management effectiveness, and replace these instincts with a more powerful leadership mindset – true sales leadership begins with improving the leader within Stop getting bogged down by distractions, become more proactive, and find more time to coach, lead, and inspire your salespeople Get every salesperson on your team to be more accountable and driven to achieve breakthrough sales results Master the 7 keys to hiring great salespeople Create a more customer-driven sales team by blending the buyer’s journey into your sales process Speed up the improvement of your team by mastering the 7 keys to achieving better coaching outcomes Excel at the most challenging coaching conversation you face – how to solve a sales performance problem that is caused by a rep’s lousy attitude Attain higher win-rates by intervening as a coach at the most critical stages of a buying cycle, quickly identify opportunities at risk, and coach more deals to the close Discover why so many salespeople fail at sales forecasting and how to impress your company’s upper management by submitting more accurate forecasts And much more… You can apply the strategies outlined in this book immediately to take control of your time and priorities as a sales manager, become more strategic, deliver high-performance coaching that grows revenues, and ultimately drive your team to greatness.

The Search for Organic Growth

Author: Edward D. Hess,Robert K. Kazanjian

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139458302

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

View: 6481

To remain successful, companies must respond to the challenge of achieving continual internal or core growth. But how is this done, and why do some strategies work better than others? In The Search for Organic Growth, leading writers on business strategy and organization offer authoritative analysis and practical guidance on implementing a strategy for organic growth. All businesses go through life cycles, and momentum can be created in many ways from new products and market extensions, to add-ons and enhancements. The book also answers crucial questions such as how to keep customers happy during periods of change, how to foster an entrepreneurial environment and satisfy individual potentials, and how to turn the immense short-term revenue pressures of a push towards growth to your advantage. A lively resource for business school faculty, MBAs and executives, this book is ideal for any reader interested in connections between latest business thought and practice.

The Physics of Business Growth

Mindsets, System, and Processes

Author: Edward Hess,Jeanne Liedtka

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804784884

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 144

View: 4802

Organic business growth is governed by its own natural laws—underlying truths that set the stage for growth and innovation, much in the way that Einstein's law of relativity accounts for the movement of objects in the space-time continuum. The most fundamental law is that uncertainty is the only certainty. Dominating forces are ambiguity and change; the processes at work involve exploration, invention, and experimentation. Unfortunately, these truths run counter to the principles of stability, predictability, and linearity that have long informed the design of our firms. The Physics of Business Growth helps readers understand how to create growth in today's business environment, providing them a roadmap and a set of practical tools to navigate its challenges. The book lays out a three step formula that will prove invaluable to professionals who have the opportunity to influence growth now, as well as to tomorrow's growth leaders, guiding them in (1) creating the right employee and organizational mindsets to enable growth (2) building an internal corporate growth system, and (3) putting in place processes that result in identifying opportunities, launching growth experiments, and managing a growth portfolio.

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

View: 2303

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?

As Good as Gone

A Novel

Author: Larry Watson

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1616206004

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 3231

“Honest, warm, humane, and at times shocking, As Good as Gone is an achievement of empathy and dignity.” —Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek Calvin Sidey is always ready to run, and it doesn’t take much to set him in motion. As a young man, he ran from this block, from Gladstone, from Montana, from this country. From his family and the family business. He ran from sadness, and he ran from responsibility. If the gossip was true, he ran from the law. It’s 1963, and Calvin Sidey, one of the last of the old cowboys, has long ago left his family to live a life of self-reliance out on the prairie. He’s been a mostly absentee father and grandfather until his estranged son asks him to stay with his grandchildren, Ann and Will, for a week while he and his wife are away. So Calvin agrees to return to the small town where he once was a mythic figure, to the very home he once abandoned. But trouble soon comes to the door when a boy’s attentions to seventeen-year-old Ann become increasingly aggressive and a group of reckless kids portend danger for eleven-year-old Will. Calvin knows only one way to solve problems: the Old West way, in which scores are settled and ultimatums are issued and your gun is always loaded. And though he has a powerful effect on those around him--from the widowed neighbor who has fallen under his spell to Ann and Will, who see him as the man who brings a sudden and violent order to their lives--in the changing culture of the 1960s, Calvin isn’t just a relic; he’s a wild card, a danger to himself and those who love him. In As Good as Gone, Larry Watson captures our longing for the Old West and its heroes, and he challenges our understanding of loyalty and justice. Both tough and tender, it is a stunning achievement.

Learn or Die

Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization

Author: Edward D. Hess

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231538278

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 9521

To compete with today's increasing globalization and rapidly evolving technologies, individuals and organizations must take their ability to learn—the foundation for continuous improvement, operational excellence, and innovation—to a much higher level. In Learn or Die, Edward D. Hess combines recent advances in neuroscience, psychology, behavioral economics, and education with key research on high-performance businesses to create an actionable blueprint for becoming a leading-edge learning organization. Learn or Die examines the process of learning from an individual and an organizational standpoint. From an individual perspective, the book discusses the cognitive, emotional, motivational, attitudinal, and behavioral factors that promote better learning. Organizationally, Learn or Die focuses on the kinds of structures, culture, leadership, employee learning behaviors, and human resource policies that are necessary to create an environment that enables critical and innovative thinking, learning conversations, and collaboration. The volume also provides strategies to mitigate the reality that humans can be reflexive, lazy thinkers who seek confirmation of what they believe to be true and affirmation of their self-image. Exemplar learning organizations discussed include the secretive Bridgewater Associates, LP; Intuit, Inc.; United Parcel Service (UPS); W. L. Gore & Associates; and IDEO.

G.r.o.w. Towards Your Greatness!

10 Steps to Living Your Best Life

Author: Omekongo Dibinga

Publisher: Free Your Mind Pub

ISBN: 9780976005636

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 89

View: 8870

Leadership Mastery

How to Challenge Yourself and Others to Greatness

Author: Dale Carnegie Training

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1847379567

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

View: 301

In a world quickly becoming more virtual, human relations skills are being lost -- along with the skill of leadership. There is a vacuum of leadership in many of our major institutions: government, education, business, religion, the arts. This crisis has arisen in part because many of those institutions have been reinvented with the technological revolution we are experiencing. Scientific progress in general, and technological progress in particular, has been seen as a solution to many of our problems, and technology can distribute the answers to those problems far more quickly and efficiently across the globe. But in the midst of this technological boom, people are becoming isolated from each other. What's needed is a new type of leader -- one who can inspire and motivate others in the new virtual world while never losing sight of the timeless leadership principles. In this book, readers can learn all the secrets of leadership mastery: * Gain the respect and admiration of others using little-known secrets of the most successful leaders. * Get family, friends, and co-workers to do what you ask because they want to do it, not because they have to. * Respond effectively when under crisis using proven techniques for thinking clearly and reducing anxiety under pressure. A valuable tool that stands next to the classic How to Win Friends and Influence People, Leadership Mastery offers a proven formula for success.

The School of Greatness

A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy

Author: Lewis Howes

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 1623365961

Category: Self-Help

Page: 272

View: 6703

When a career-ending injury left elite athlete and professional football player Lewis Howes out of work and living on his sister’s couch, he decided he needed to make a change for the better. He started by reaching out to people he admired, searching for mentors, and applying his past coaches’ advice from sports to life off the field. Lewis did more than bounce back: He built a multimillion-dollar online business and is now a sought-after business coach, speaker, and podcast host. In The School of Greatness, Howes shares the essential tips and habits he gathered in interviewing “the greats” on his wildly popular podcast of the same name. In discussion with people like Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson and Pencils of Promise CEO Adam Braun, Howes figured out that greatness is unearthed and cultivated from within. The masters of greatness are not successful because they got lucky or are innately more talented, but because they applied specific habits and tools to embrace and overcome adversity in their lives. A framework for personal development, The School of Greatness gives you the tools, knowledge, and actionable resources you need to reach your potential. Howes anchors each chapter with a specific lesson he culled from his greatness “professors” and his own experiences to teach you how to create a vision, develop hustle, and use dedication, mindfulness, joy, and love to reach goals. His lessons and practical exercises prove that anyone is capable of achieving success and that we can all strive for greatness in our everyday lives.

How and Why to Franchise Your Business

Author: Michael A. Peterson

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1540372847

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 120

View: 685

This book was written with the would-be franchisor in mind. It delves deeply into such topics as preparing to become a franchisor, the legal repercussions of franchising, how to recruit the right candidates, and how to manage a franchise system. This book will guide you in building a successful team of experts to help you create the stellar franchise brand that you dream of!