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Great to Excellent; It's the Execution!: Overcoming the Natural Barriers to Profitable Company Growth Paperback – July 10, 2013
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About the Author
His career has been varied, including work at every type of business – from fledgling privately-held startups to large publicly-held companies. Jim was the first outside CEO at e-Chemicals Inc., the industrial chemical industry's first B2B e-commerce distributor and supply chain execution provider; Chairman, CEO and President at Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (NASDAQ), a $325 million provider of total loss vehicle and claims processing services; President at Van Waters & Rogers Inc. ($1.5 billion), Senior Vice President at Univar Corporation and its subsidiaries (a $2.8 billion NYSE corporation) and Chief Operating Officer at VWR Corporation (NASDAQ $625 million)
As an entrepreneur who has led three professional services start-up companies, Jim is also keenly aware of the specific needs and hurdles faced by startup companies.
Throughout his career, Jim has gained tremendous insight into the efficient operation of businesses and the predictable patterns that emerge in companies that properly execute their business strategy. His advice, derived directly from these insights, always includes requiring CEOs to ask more questions and give fewer answers, and to create “stop-doing lists” that further focus the executive team’s time and energy on the most important and critical aspects of the business.
Using the tools and concepts you’ll be reading here, Jim has helped numerous CEOs and executives in companies ranging from $25 million to $1+ billion in revenue, all privately-, closely- or family-owned.
A long-term member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a director and/or chairman of more than 20 for-profit public and private company boards, chairing four of them, the demands on Jim’s time exceeds his ability to work with every CEO who asks. It is his sincere hope, through this book, to reach even more CEOs, executives and teams in need of what he can show them – people like you.
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Top Customer Reviews
Good life lessons here!
I have championed Jim since I first had him speak to my Vistage 29 group over 10 years ago. The wisdom he shares freely is why I have had him return to remind my members of the work they need to do to get to the next level of growth. His guidance is invaluable since it comes from someone who has traveled the path and had to break through the various barriers in taking companies to the next stage of growth.
When you have someone who has run billion dollar companies talk to you it is a gift.
Jim guides you so that you understand the barriers you have to deal with at the pivotal points onto the next level of growth. Your task should you implement and execute as the business owner is to realize that your leadership and ability to grow personally and professionally, your values, and the culture you create are unique. As a guide, Jim shows you the path. What's also nice is that Jim is just a phone call away.
When you need a coach, Jim and his team are there to help confront your barriers. The book is Jim again sharing with you freely what you need to know.
Remember it is not what you know that gets you in trouble. It's what you know that just ain't so that does. Jim puts you in the learning mode to make what is necessary possible. And at the same time gets you in touch with what is your contribution to all those who you serve.
This book is for men and women who aspire to attain management a position all the way up to CEOs and Board Members. It is a must read and will be a classic management tool.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like the book. Got it recommended by a businessman that is doing great things. Need to now read good to great and then this again.Published 5 months ago by Robertson
I was looking for more new nuggets. The message was fine, but not as fresh and cutting edge as I had hoped.Published 6 months ago by Gail Doby
Straight forward and important areas to focus on. Good examples. Valuable tools to use.Published 14 months ago by david h armstrong
Great book, the short chapters get right to the point, and not only is it a fast read, but GREAT information in it!Published 14 months ago by Mandy U
As a Vistage member, I was fortunate enough to hear Jim speak to my group of CEOs and business leaders. He had a very strong impact on all of us. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Thomas Young
Quick read with some practical advice and tips on how to navigate through the barriers to growth. Each chapter is short, clear, with examples of how to make a difference in your... Read morePublished on May 14, 2014 by Donna Hover