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Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm Hardcover – March 1, 2002
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What makes Verne the true genius is the fact that all of the ideas and concepts he talks about in the book are tangible resources that you can EFFORTLESSLY implement into your organization. Most books are full of ideas and leave the reader to "re-create the wheel" in order to make the ideas come to life, but Verne knows entrepreneurs well and has removed the burden of responsiblity to create the tanglibles he talks about.
I love to read, and have a lot of favorites including Good to Great, Wizard of Ads, Topgrading, The E-Myth and Execution -- but Mastering the Rockefeller Habits is truly the most practical and inspiring book an entreprenuer can read.
This is a good book for entrepreneurs, not for understanding Rockefeller, his genius or his habits. I would not recommend this to someone interested in learning more about the business system and principles of Rockefeller.
Then we read Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. And we found we could actually implement the plans that we learned how to develop from the methods and techniques defined in the book. We now have plans that work. And our company has matured tremendously as an organization from following the book. I strongly recommend that any company, from young start-up to those more mature, read and implement the strategies in this book. It will change your world.
1) Priorities (handful of rules; top 5 and top 1 of 5; repeat yourself a lot; act consistently around rules; have big hairy audacious goal)
2) Data (data is required to be acting consistent with priorities)
3) Rhythm (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly meetings to keep everyone aligned and accountable)
Chapter Headings include:
2)Mastering the Right People Doing the Right Things
3)Mastering a One-page Strategic Plan
4)Mastering the use of core values
5)Mastering Organizational Alignment and Focus
6)Mastering the quarterly theme (placing spotlight on #1 priority)
7)Mastering Employee Feedback (resolving client and employee hassles)
8)Mastering the Daily & Weekly Executive Meeting (including 15 min Daily Huddles)
9)Mastering the Brand Promise (key differentiating strategy for dominating your market)
10)Mastering the Art of Bank Financing
1.) An executive used the core value of "spirited" to coerce an employee to attend a charity event hosted by the company. The employee had to forgo being the Best Man at a wedding.
2.) Two overworked employees were terminated because the executive insisted everyone should "want to grow the company" and their exhaustion was apparently inexcusable to the culture being pushed. Of course, reminding employees everyday that they worked hard so that he, the executive, could make $750,000 dollars did not help either.
3.) An executive terminated a receptionist who was unable to read his mind. He justified her dismissal on the core value of "promoting growth," as well as insubordination.
4.) An heir to the company tried to "fire" his parents, the owners.Read more ›
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This book has single handedly changed the way I run my law firm...every day. I recommend this book over any other book. Thank you, Verne Harnische, for this amazing book.Published 5 days ago by John Fisher
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