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"Good enough" isn't enough. . . : Nine Challenges for Companies That Choose to Be Great Hardcover – September, 1999

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"Alan Weiss challenges traditional business thought and practices in a way that forces business leaders to face reality." -- George Morrisey, author, "Morrisey on Planning" series

"Another Alan Weiss classic, every page stuffed with wise advice and crisp, no-nonsense insights on effective business techniques." -- Dr. William Winter, President, The American Press Institute

About the Author

Alan Weiss, Ph.D., is the author of 16 books including Million Dollar Consulting, The Ultimate Consultant, and Managing for Peak Performance. He is a star of the lecture circuit, delivering 50 international keynotes a year, and has consulted with such preeminent organizations as Merck, Hewlett-Packard, Mercedes-Benz, State Street Corporation, and The Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Success Magazine has cited him as a "worldwide expert in executive education" in an editorial devoted to his work, and The New York Post recently called him "one of the most widely respected independent consultants in the country."

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1st edition (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814405053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814405055
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,064,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Weiss: Biographical Sketch

Alan Weiss is one of those rare people who can say he is a consultant, speaker and author and mean it. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc. has attracted clients such as Merck, Hewlett-Packard, GE, Mercedes-Benz, State Street Corporation, Times Mirror Group, The Federal Reserve, The New York Times, and over 400 other leading organizations. He serves on the boards of directors of the Trinity Repertory Company, a Tony-Award-winning New England regional theater, and the Newport International Film Festival.
His speaking typically includes 30 keynotes a year at major conferences, and he has been a visiting faculty member at Case Western Reserve University, Boston College, Tufts, St. John's, the University of Illinois, the Institute of Management Studies, and the University of Georgia Graduate School of Business. He has held an appointment as adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Rhode Island where he taught courses on advanced management and consulting skills. He holds the record for selling out the highest priced workshop (on entrepreneurialism) in the 21-year history of New York City's Learning Annex. His Ph.D. is in psychology and he is a member of the American Psychological Society, the American Counseling Association, Division 13 of the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He was recently appointed to the Board of Governors of Harvard University's Center for Mental Illness and the Media. He has keynoted for the American Psychological Association on two occasions.
He is a 2006 inductee into the Professional Speaking Hall of Fame' and the concurrent recipient of the National Speakers Association Council of Peers Award of Excellence, representing the top 1% of professional speakers in the world
His prolific publishing includes over 500 articles and 25 books, including his best-seller, Million Dollar Consulting (from McGraw-Hill). His newest is The Million Dollar Consulting' Toolkit. His books have been on the curricula at Villanova, Temple University, and the Wharton School of Business, and have been translated into German, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese.

He is interviewed and quoted frequently in the media, and is an active member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. His career has taken him to 54 countries and 49 states. (He is afraid to go to North Dakota.) Success Magazine has cited him in an editorial devoted to his work as 'a worldwide expert in executive education.' The New York Post calls him 'one of the most highly regarded independent consultants in America.' He is the winner of the prestigious Axiem Award for Excellence in Audio Presentation.
In 2006 he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Press Institute, the first-ever for a non-journalist, and one of only seven awarded in the 60-year history of the association.
He has coached the former and present Miss Rhode Island/Miss America candidates in interviewing skills.
He once appeared on the popular American TV game show Jeopardy, where he lost badly in the first round to a dancing waiter from Iowa.

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Alan Weiss's clarion call for corporate excellence may remind you of your parents' stern guidance in your youth. You weren't sure you wanted to listen to their traditional viewpoints, but you knew they were right. Weiss cites today's watered-down sense of social accountability as the bad seed that has spoiled corporate standards. He insists that constantly lowering standards is not the way to achieve lasting excellence. He warns that executives need to exercise common sense rather than chase every management fad they encounter or succumb to high-priced consultants. Similarly, he warns that executives who surround themselves with sycophants will get carried away with their own egos. At times, Weiss seems to get a bit carried away himself, regaling how he browbeat the service rep when his bottled water delivery went to the wrong address. But we [...] recommend this book as beneficial to executives - and even to consultants - as a refreshing throwback to days before the advent of kinder, gentler management.
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There's nobody who's writing about business today who makes more sense than Alan Weiss. His books are bright, lively and to the point. Weiss, one of the most respected consultants in America, knows what he is talking about and generously shares it with his readers.
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Alan Weiss tells it like it is. If you want to learn from one of the best...read EVERYTHING Alan Weiss writes! Alan's insights and experience are second to none. I personally own just about every book Alan Weiss has written. He is not only a consultant's consultant, but he is also a gifted writer as well.

Alan Weiss's advice, insights and knowledge will take years off your learning curve. This book is a must for your library.

Lenny Laskowski, Author of National Best Selling Book:

"10 Days to More Confident Public Speaking"

President of LJL Seminars(tm)
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