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Above the Line: How the Golden Rule Rules the Bottom Line [Kindle Edition]

Steve Satterwhite
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Book Description

“I found Above the Line to be the marriage of Good to Great by Jim Collins and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Depak Chopra. It turns out that what’s good for the balance sheet is good for relationships and vice-a-versa.”
--Robert Wagnon, CEO, Republic State Mortgage

Above the line is a riveting and inspirational true story for entrepreneurs and leaders who want to build something great and find themselves challenged by the ups and downs of business and things beyond their control.

But be forewarned: This is not a feel-good business book. Above the Line is a true tale of a misfit CEO about the undeniable connection between people and profits.

An introspective portrayal of the emotional roller coaster that many leaders and entrepreneurs face – both personally and professionally – the book documents a CEO’s path of discovering himself through his business.

It’s about his quest to discover his core purpose and values while facing the pressures creating a sustainable business that puts people first. It’s a book about how to do the right thing when things go wrong.

With an easy-going, narrative style – author Steve Satterwhite takes readers through his entrepreneurial journey. He vulnerably shares the highs, lows, and demons of fear, self-doubt, and self-confidence along the way.

Above the Line is a quick and easy read that some say they “couldn’t put down”. Steve's passion for people and his willingness to authentically share makes it more than a typical business book.

It’s a call to action to leaders everywhere to create a culture of inspired people who hold themselves to high standards, strive to do the right thing, make this world a better place…and vastly increase company profits as a happy side effect of this new way of working.


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“Above the Line is a simple formula for leaders who want to inspire people to light up the world through the work they do.”
--Chip Conley, Founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and Author of PEAK

“This is a must read for entrepreneurs because Steve tells the real story of the entrepreneurial journey, not the made for TV version. He established his company culture and kept adapting the business model until it fit his culture AND made a profit!”
--Greg Crabtree, CEO Crabtree, Rowe & Berger, PC, Author of Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!

“Steve sees what we don’t, hears what we don’t and scrupulously documents, even when to do so is unflattering . . . a truth finder in an arena famously devoid.”
--Robert Wagnon, CEO – Republic State Mortgage

“When Steve Satterwhite says he believes in you, you better believe it. It’s who he is. It resonates throughout what he does. And here’s the kicker: You can’t help but be better around Steve. Above the Line proves it’s not so much a roadmap you need for bottom line success in business and in life, but an internal compass with a bearing towards “better” for ourselves and those we lead.”
--Warren Macdonald, Author of A Test of Will

“Steve’s conversational writing style and storytelling make this a must read for those striving to grow and develop in their business career at all management levels.”
--Lee Froschheiser, Executive Chairman, MAP Consulting, Author of Vital Factors

About the Author

 
Steve Satterwhite is a CEO, leadership consultant, and the author of Above the Line: How the Golden Rule Rules the Bottom Line - a riveting entrepreneurial story about how putting people first not only makes a difference in peoples' lives, but boosts revenue and profits. His inspiring and powerful story details the highs and lows of starting, building, and sustaining a company that's built on the simple belief that when you lift individuals up, your company thrives. Steve is Founder & CEO of Entelligence IT--one of the fastest growing technology service firms in the US. He has been featured in Forbes, Investors Business Daily, CNBC, M World and his manifesto was featured on the front page of Huffington Post. Steve's mission is to bring real, authentic leadership into businesses and organizations around the world. When he's not hatching plans to categorically transform the way leaders lead and company culture is created, he's spending time with his three beautiful children. To book Steve to speak or consult for your organization, visit stevesatterwhite.me

Product Details

  • File Size: 327 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989366901
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brochstein Press (October 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FYHODP2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth your time October 28, 2013
Format:Perfect Paperback
As a business owner we are constantly hearing stories about when things go right- here's an opportunity to read about when things go wrong and how one leader handled the challenges he was presented. It was interesting to me to read about the personal struggles and the reactions to some of the decisions. This is not your typical "feel good" business book- definitely worth your time to read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, for difficult times! July 4, 2014
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It shared what business leaders goes through while establishing a business, not only this and also the ups and downs that every business goes through, leaving you feeling you are not alone. Still there is no magic pill, I liked the idea chose your one unique preposition and concentrate on. Sometimes it was little boring but I finished it, thanks Steve for sharing your experience with us!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hard hitting that delivers a powerful message June 30, 2014
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This is one of those books that every business person with a conscious should read. It is about doing the right thing when it isn't the most popular thing to do. It's about taking responsibility and realizing the true purpose of having a business. There is more to life than just the bottom line, and with the likes of Enron and WorldCom, to name a few, show that to be true. For me, the message that I take away from this book is keeping true to your character. Character is what you do when no one is watching and taking care of your people is paramount, and that includes the customers as well as the employees. A very beneficial book that I will read again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book June 29, 2014
By Kristen
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This was a great book - full of great insights on how to build a company based on hiring the best people and acknowledge your own ability to grow as a leader! Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Walk the Talk October 17, 2013
By MJones
Format:Perfect Paperback
My time with Steve and the rest of the all star cast of characters at Entelligence empowered me, encouraged me, and gave me the foundation I needed to go make a difference in the business world. Implementing the life lessons and point of view that Steve brings as a leader won't be for everyone. It isn't a process, a set of steps, or six sigma for a winning business culture. It's about authenticity, audacity and never giving up on yourself. It's about investing both time and money into creating a business that runs on the collective energy of people that want to be extraordinary. Guess what customers think about an organization that runs like that?

In my experience it's a very rare thing indeed to have a leader that gives you permission to believe you can be extraordinary. My five year old wakes up like that every day. He dresses in super hero outfits for our Saturday breakfast. We were five once. When did the world talk us out of believing we can be the very best at our work, even if we aren't astronauts or a member of the Avengers. I will treasure the gift Steve and the Entelligence environment gave me.

Give the book a read, find an idea that resonates and go put it to work. If you're business owner, go make a difference in the life of someone that works for you. If you're not a business owner, go make a different in the life of someone that works with you. And if you're in a toxic work environment that's void of passion, positive energy and a "we can do anything attitude" do yourself a favor. Update your resume and find someone like Steve & John to work for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any entrepreneur October 21, 2013
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I read Steve's book when at a crossing in my entrepreneur life. We all know and face the highs and lows of the rollercoaster life of entrepreneurship but sometimes some lows are real tough and make us doubt about ourselves. Reading this book at a time when I was experiencing such self-doubts put me back on track.

Usually, entrepreneurial books are based on a theory illustrated by some practical examples. This is not the case for "Above the line", in fact this book is built around a true entrepreneur journey - Steve's - and backed by the principles, inspirations and theories Steve used at each significant moment of his entrepreneurial path.

Thanks to an entrepreneur who has the courage to open himself, this book is full of day-to-day successes, failures and real life emotions. "Above the line" is a must read for any confirmed or aspiring entrepreneur that want to succeed keeping in sight that he's an human too.

No entrepreneurs are perfect or conform to the image we have about them; we all have our weaknesses and make mistakes. Steve shows us that it is normal, that it is not an obstacle to success if we accept it and deal with it by delegating to people who complement us and by continuously learning. Reading this book is a good way to easily learn a lot of success principles and techniques that apply to any small business lead by a true entrepreneur.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring October 17, 2013
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Above The Line may challenge some hoary business precepts -- which is exactly the reason to read it. Steve Satterwhite makes the case for running your business the right way, rather than the way you're "supposed to." His concepts are, in some ways, forehead slappers: See people for who they are. Honor that. Help them succeed. Be straight with them. Be straight with yourself. When in doubt, do the right thing.

The results, he argues, will be a more successful, more profitable business. He's careful to note that success doesn't come overnight -- it takes a lot of work, because to truly do what he describes requires a culture change, and that change has to happen inside each individual before it can happen within the organization. Satterwhite's ideas, on their face, may seem pie-in-the-sky. But he's built a hugely successful company while evolving them. The way business gets done is changing, and Above the Line is at least a partial guidebook to that change and how to both be a part of it and capitalize on it.
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Published 6 months ago by david
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, well-written, clear, helpful. Entrepreneurs & managers,...
This is an excellent book -- one of the best business books I've recently read. It's clear, concise, well-written, and incredibly useful. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mark J. Welch
5.0 out of 5 stars Leading beyond what's in front you
I enjoyed this book. I recognized several problem instances Steve illustrates that are happening or have happened to me in my company. Read more
Published 12 months ago by VetBizMan
5.0 out of 5 stars Always do the right thing.
Great book. Read it in about two hours. Couldn't put it down. Steve takes you through the starting of his business, how he dealt with a downturn, and what he found in business... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Harris A. Wolin
5.0 out of 5 stars A neat chronicle of how to align your passion and strengths with your...
I truly enjoyed this first person perspective of the journey from startup to sustainable (and scaleable) success. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars refreshing!
As a professional that works with entrepreneurs day in and day out, it's refreshing to see the ins and outs of the life of an entrepreneur. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Guidebook for getting entrepreneurs on track.
Good business reference for entrepreneurs, particularly those who are facing or have faced difficult challenges. Read more
Published 16 months ago by C. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, Engaging, and Refreshing.
This book challenged me to think about the concepts of leadership, failure, and success with a fresh and evolved perspective. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Shannon Costello
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Read it
Outstanding book. An enormous amount of business and leadership insights in one short book. I highly recommend this. Read more
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Steve Satterwhite is a CEO, leadership consultant, and the author of "Above the Line: How the Golden Rule Rules the Bottom Line" - a riveting entrepreneurial story about how putting people first not only makes a difference in peoples' lives, but boosts revenue and profits. His inspiring and powerful story details the highs and lows of starting, building, and sustaining a company that's built on the simple belief that when you lift individuals up, your company thrives. Steve is Founder & CEO of Entelligence IT--one of the fastest growing technology service firms in the US. He has been featured in Forbes, Investors Business Daily, CNBC, M World and his manifesto was featured on the front page of Huffington Post. Steve's mission is to bring real, authentic leadership into businesses and organizations around the world. When he's not hatching plans to categorically transform the way leaders lead and company culture is created, he's spending time with his three beautiful children. To book Steve to speak or consult for your organization, visit www.stevesatterwhite.me

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