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Growing a Business Paperback – October 15, 1988
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In 1992 a group of first-time entrepreneurs started a company together. Some of the group had a blueprint of how a company is supposed to start. Get capital. Build something. Launch it. Succeed. They had not read the book, or they had but did not believe it spoke to us.
Some of the group had a more organic idea, inspired in part by this book. Each company has its pace, its flow, its learning curve. The CEO is the clock, the pacer, the navigator. There is a constant calculator going on each decision, each day, extrapolating payoffs, comparing the costs and benefits. And there is a recognition of what we are going into business for and structuring the business to support those objectives.
For example, we wanted a great place for employees. Each employee would share the experience and benefits. The "Startup 101" types of books treat this topic as an add-on after you do all the important things. Hawken makes it primary. It is primary if you want a place for the best people to do their best work. Structure your company around the employee experience and all else falls into place - if that is the kind of company you want.
An important lesson from this book is serious initial capital for inexperienced entrepeneurs can be a mistake. Hawken describes this. So important. So easy to overlook.
Large amounts of startup capital allows you to outsource parts of a company you may not totally understand yet. It makes some mistakes very expensive. It dulls the creativity at times, the innovation to do more with less. It might encourage one to do things just because you see other companies doing them.Read more ›
I recommend this book to everyone, but have ceased lending my copy out-two have disappeared. Today, my business is an enormous success-indeed, a somewhat famous one-and no one deserves more credit than Mr. Hawken, for the advice and inspiration of this lucid and engaging book.
To every small business owner: buy it today, read tonight, and see if it doesn't change things immediately.
Very few business books are written in this style and by doing so he captures some of the feelings and passion of business along with a few strategic concepts. Business comes from the heart as well as the head and I appreciate the way this book combines both aspects.
On the other hand, I had some reservation giving 5 stars. While he extensively chronicles his own business--there are few/no references to other businesses and/or collaborating evidence. Still, I would recommend this book to any budding businessperson--but I'd also recommend reading from other authors (I recommend Peter Drucker) to gain a wider perspective.
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This book is 100% down to earth business know-how. No fillers here. This is a must have if you are starting your own business. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Drive Right
This is an ‘older’ book which doesn’t even come in a digital format. I actually didn’t realize this and ordered it an a spree of book ordering only to forget about it and then get... Read morePublished 8 months ago by curtismchale
I love this book and the homely advice Paul shares about building and running a business. In doing so, I think he helped me unlearn a lot of the big corp MBA stuff I learned in... Read morePublished 12 months ago by David Kim
Against popular belief, business can and should be humane, if for no other reason that it is good business. What a pleasure to find such book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Al