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Decisions: Making the Right Ones, Righting the Wrong Ones [Kindle Edition]

Jim Treliving
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Book Description

Co-owner of Boston Pizza and star of CBC-TV’s Dragons’ Den, Jim Treliving reveals the secrets of his success, taking you behind the scenes at critical points in the building of his businesses—which also include Mr. Lube and interests in real estate and sports franchising. Covering the “big” decisions—from what to do with your life to how to source capital, find partners, handle change and inspire growth—Treliving sets out the tools for making effective choices and explains why every decision requires action. He also discusses how to bounce back from those no-so-good decisions, explaining how to refocus and recalibrate, just as Treliving had to do when he realized that Boston Pizza’s expansion into Asia was causing the company to drift off-brand. Pulling back from Asian opportunities was a tough decision at the time, but the move became crucial to guiding successful BP expansions later on. Always candid, Treliving also shares his insights on some very public choices, ones you may have seen him make on The Big Decision or Dragons’ Den.

Down to earth, sensible and filled with vision and humour, Decisions is a book for budding entrepreneurs and for those who want the inside business stories beyond what we see on TV. But it’s also for people who want to transform their companies into ones that create steady wealth and lasting success. Even if you’re not in business, Treliving’s inspiring story and astute advice will help you make wiser decisions in your life and move forward with confidence in your chosen field.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1445 KB
  • Print Length: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (September 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00851M3NI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,111 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Business Reality December 8, 2012
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I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. It was very informative and the writing had a very nice flow. It reveals his personality as well as the pratical side of businesses, big or small.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and good insight October 4, 2012
By lorna
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Jim's book was easy to read with great insight into his past. Decisions is based on common sense and urges action. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Face of ice & a polar bear's ass July 10, 2013
By Baliboy
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Face of ice? Treliving's training as an RCMP constable. Don't let the bad guy see your fear. Colder than a polar bear's ass? The prairies where he grew up weren't always hospitable. But they did breed a kid who took a risk and opened a pizza shop without a pot to P in... and grew it to several billion dollars. I enjoyed this brisk and lighter read telling of good and bad decisions, with the clear refrain: trust your guts, find good partners, make a decision and go! Treliving's legacy will be big businesses.... sure. But the best Legacy will be the one, two or two hundred kids that become entrepreneurs making decisions Treliving-style with 'head, heart and gut'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read March 22, 2013
By Sandy
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I really enjoyed this book. Bought it for my Dad and he loved it too. I appreciate Boston Pizza now.
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I'm a fan of "Dragons' Den" and like Jim Treliving (he's the only original Dragon left). He seems fair on the show but doesn't put up with any BS. So I was interested in reading his story.

Jim was born in a small town in Manitoba. While stationed in Edmonton as a Mountie, he became friends with Gus, who along with his brothers, had owned a couple Boston Pizza restaurants and was the franchisor for others in western Canada. At this point, he had no idea what pizza even was! Jim liked the restaurant lifestyle and saw the possibilities. He quit the RCMP and opened a Boston Pizza franchise in Penticton, BC. There he met George Melville, who ended up became his business partner (and still is). Jim and George eventually bought the chain. There are now Boston Pizza restaurants in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. In addition, they also own Mr. Lube among other things.

This book is about how Jim makes decisions and the decisions he's made along the way. He makes decisions about work with his heart, about money with his head and about people with his gut ... so he's emotional about work, practical about money and instinctual about people. At the end of each chapter, there is a checklist for making the first life decision, for becoming a decision maker, making decisions about money, etc.

I enjoyed this book. I found it interesting and honest. I liked the writing style ... I could hear Jim's voice. What comes through is his passion, loyalty and strong work ethic.

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