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Accelerate: 20 Practical Lessons to Boost Business Momentum Hardcover – May 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1419593727 ISBN-10: 1419593722

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Business (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419593722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419593727
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,704,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dan Coughlin provides actionable ideas gleaned from hundreds of coaching sessions with executives in some of the world's best companies."
- Mark Sanborn, Author, You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader


“I love Accelerate. It’s a must read that will transform both your business and personal life! It’s filled with nuggets of incredible wisdom that you can use immediately. If you want your business to sustain, profit and grow this is a must read!”
Jason Jennings, Bestselling Author, It’s Not The Big That Eat The Small...It’s The Fast That Eat The Slow; Less Is More; and Think BIG, Act Small


“In Accelerate, Dan Coughlin has hit an absolute home run with a treasure trove of pragmatic advice garnered through coaching some of the top executives in business today. They obviously trust him as a coach, and you can trust him as an author.”
Alan Weiss, Ph.D., Author, Million Dollar Consulting

About the Author

Dan Coughlin is president of The Coughlin Company, Inc., a consulting firm at the forefront of work on business acceleration, examining how corporations can continually increase their rate of sustainable, profitable growth.  As a business speaker and consultant, Dan has given over 500 presentations on business acceleration in more than 30 states and has provided more than 1,500 Executive Coaching sessions for presidents, vice-presidents and senior directors of Fortune 500 Companies and major privately owned firms.  The Coughlin Company’s clients include AT&T, The Boeing Company, Citigroup, The Coca-Cola Company, GSD&M, Marriott International, McDonald’s Corporation, the St. Louis Cardinals, and Toyota Financial Services. Visit his website at
www.businessacceleration.com.

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This was a tremendous read.
A. Harrington
So easy to get into the rut of doing everything the same way because that's how it's always been done.
Jodi
This is a solid and useful book that is an easy read.
J. Hall

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Hall on May 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When I read a book, I like to use 'post-it' notes to mark key sections and passages but within the first chapter of Mr. Coughlin' new book, I stopped using them; the entire book is a 'post-it' note!

Also, the subtitle is a bit misleading, the 20 practical lessons are actually filled with numerous mini-lessons; more like 2000 practical lessons.

This is a solid and useful book that is an easy read. I've recommended it to several others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jodi on January 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I actually bought this book as a Christmas present for my husband but I ended up reading it too. This book is chock full of those "I knew that but now I will make a point to do that" ideas regarding everything from time management to managing people.
Written with a clear and direct voice, this book is guaranteed to provide at least a new perspective to some of your business challenges and even some advice to take into your personal life.
My husband has already implemented some of the time management techniques and is noticing a big pay off in that area. Learning how to set up systems that are most efficient for how he works is also a huge take away he has gotten from this book.
For me, the value I have gotten is to give more thought to what is working and what can be improved in my small business. So easy to get into the rut of doing everything the same way because that's how it's always been done.
Excellent, fast reading book that I would recommend to managers at any level and business owners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaine F. Todorov on May 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
W. Edwards Deming once said, "If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing."

In Accelerate, Dan Coughlin guides business performers by asking the right questions - if my count is correct, 441 of them. Through over 1,500 coaching sessions with the world's best and brightest executives, Dan has developed a reputation for asking the right question at the right time.

This book puts into your hands those questions for every business scenario - for yourself, your direct reports and your company. Accelerate is the kind of book you recommend but don't lend because you want it in the passenger seat for that next business challenge around the S turn ahead.
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Format: Hardcover
As a book coach and author (POP! Stand Out in Any Crowd), the first place I look to evaluate whether a book will be worth reading is the Table of Contents. Is the author saying anything new? Are the chapter titles compelling? If I see something intriguing, I flip to three different sections of the book and read a few pages at random. Is the author introducing tangible, fresh ideas? Sharing real-life examples that show how these techniques work in everyday situations? Does the author pleasantly surprise you with thought-provoking quotes or funny anecdotes?

Accelerate passes this test with flying colors. Buy it and take it on a plane with you on your next business trip or keep it in your briefcase to read at lunch. The author doesn't waste time on abstract theories -- he provides practical insights you can use immediately at work AND at home to fast-forward desired results. Read it and reap!
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