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This book is not about one unique company, its innovation, and the financial returns it achieved; it's about the quantifiable, success-based patternindependent of economic cycles or industriesshared across this group of 387 elite companies. It's about how you can use seven common essentials to better your business, organization, team, or yourself and produce exponential growth. It's about executing the essentials and linking them. It's about taking the actions that matter while avoiding pitfalls. The 7 essentials explored are:
Essential #1: Create and Sustain a Breakthrough Value Proposition
Essential#2: Exploit a High-Growth Market Segment
Essential #3: Marquee Customers Shape the Revenue Powerhouse
Essential #4: Leverage Big Brother Alliances for Breaking into New Markets
Essential #5: Become the Masters of Exponential Returns
Essential #6: The Management Team: Inside-Outside Leadership
Essential #7: The Board: Comprised of Essentials Experts
Divided into three comprehensive sections, Blueprint to a Billion will show you how to formulate a breakthrough value proposition, create exponential revenue growththe most valuable and unique kind of growthand seize the opportunity to garner exponential returns. More importantly, it provides practical guidelines that you, as a business leader at any level, can use to improve company performance from one year to the next. While the book is based on quantitative evidence, it provides insightful analysis and very personal stories from many blueprint company leaders.
Both fact-based and actionable, Blueprint to a Billion contains fresh research that provides valuable insights into success-based business building. Adopting and executing one or more essentials will maximize your growthboth personally and corporately. Executing all 7 essentials will enable your company to achieve unprecedented exponential growth.
"A wonderful, well thought out analysis of entrepreneurship and leadership of a growth company."
Howard Lester, Chairman, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
"If you dream about growing your business to a billion, this is a fascinating down-to-earth study that you must read. Apply the seven essential principles to your business and you are off and running. Learn about strategy, growth, leadership, team building, and a whole lot more."
Joe Scarlett, Chairman of the Board, Tractor Supply Company
"Blueprint to a Billion is a well-researched and thoughtfully written book that quantifies the growth pattern of America's highest growth companies."
Professor John Quelch, Senior Associate Dean, Harvard Business School
"Eighty percent of the top-performing stocks in the last twenty years were small entrepreneurial companies that had an IPO in the prior eight years. Blueprint to a Billion tells you the seven key things these innovators did in common to become America's greatest growth companies."
William J. O'Neil, Chairman and Founder Investor's Business Daily, www.investors.com
"Thomson has written a masterful work that will catalyze, empower, inspire, motivate, and illuminate entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers. The world needs this book and will profit from it in manifold ways."
David M. Darst, Managing Director, Individual Investor Group Chief Investment Strategist, Morgan Stanley
Required reading for entrepreneurs and people interested in business.
I'm nearly finished reading this book as I write this review and I have to say that it's one of the best business books I've ever read.
Thomson has created a comprehensive and practical book that truly provides a blueprint for how to make your company a success.
This author's style is easy reading. It is mostly facts and not full of meaningless comment and commentary like so many other books of this nature.Published 12 months ago by Antonio Padua
Challenges your thinking. May not be as specific as you wish but does make you think. Energizes your efforts to succeed.Published 14 months ago by David Lehmann
If a single buzz word from this book dazzles a single prospective client, then you've instantly got your money's worth. For me, the concept was "inflection point. Read morePublished on June 16, 2012 by Roger Abramson
The book goes into detail analyzing the fastest growing companies since 1980, in particular those companies that reached $1 billion in revenues the quickest. Read morePublished on April 21, 2012 by MicroCapClub
Thomson has put together a thoughtful, well researched study on growing companies. Required reading for entrepreneurs and people interested in business. Read morePublished on August 28, 2011 by Travis
I have read and re-read this book 5 times since 2008. It contains insights on some of the most successful companies like Siebel, Microsoft, Google that you can get nowhere else. Read morePublished on July 16, 2011 by Detree
I admire David Thompsons wisdom and common sense approach to business growth that he has provided in great detail in his two books . Read morePublished on April 2, 2011 by Bob Riley
David's Blueprint book is the best business book for high-growth companies. I've been frustrated for years that all business books are focused on the Fortune 500 enterprise. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by ttreanor