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Grow to Greatness Smart Growth for Entrepreneurial Businesses

ISBN-10: 0804775346
ISBN-13: 9780804775342
Edition: 2012
Authors: Edward Hess
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 4/25/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 296
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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 Greatnessdiscusses 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 Greatnesslays 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.

Acknowledgments
The Roadmap to Smart Growth
Whether to Grow
The "Truth" About Growth
Preconditions to Growth
How to Grow
The Four Ps: Planning, Prioritization, Processes, and Pace
The Four Ways to Grow Your Business
Creating Three Growth Plans
Growth Requires the Right Leadership, Culture, and People
Growth Is Much More Than a Strategy
The Entrepreneur Must Grow, Too!
The Silver Bullet: Highly Engaged Employees
Building an Effective Management Team
Reminders for the Entrepreneur
Notes
Bibliography
Recommended Reading
Index

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