Six Tires, No Plan: The Impossible Journey of the Most In... and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$16.54
Qty:1
  • List Price: $21.95
  • Save: $5.41 (25%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Six Tires, No Plan: The Impossible Journey of the Most Inspirational Leader That (Almost) Nobody Knows Hardcover – March 1, 2012


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$16.54
$12.28 $7.85

Frequently Bought Together

Six Tires, No Plan: The Impossible Journey of the Most Inspirational Leader That (Almost) Nobody Knows + Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Tire Industry: When Doing the Same Things Do Not Produce Different Results...
Price for both: $34.50

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Hero Quick Promo
Browse in Books with Buzz and explore more details on the current pick, "The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee" by Marja Mills.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608322572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608322572
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

An inspirational roadmap for business and life. --Harvey Mackay, author, #1 New York Times bestseller Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive

Bruce Halle has achieved the impossible by earning immense brand loyalty in a commodity business. His disciplined focus on employee motivation and customer service offers lessons for anyone seeking success in business or life. --Pitt Hyde, founder of AutoZone

Bruce Halle's story is an inspiration. He starts his employees changing tires; fixes flat tires for free; is never undersold; scouts every location and okays every store he builds. He promotes from within, rewards his people generously for their achievements and leads by example never wavering from these core values. This book should be required reading for entrepreneurs everywhere. --Karl Eller, chairman and CEO of The Eller Company

Financial journalist and consultant Rosenbaum (Your Name Here Guide to Life, 2009, etc.) tells the cheering story of Bruce Halle, the force behind the Discount Tire Company. Halle's tale is inspiring because he built a business empire out of treating both his workforce and his customers with good will. Starting in 1960, he sold tires from his little shop in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a welcoming smile on his face, fast and courteous service and clean restrooms. He worked like a dog, yet he never showed anything but respect and appreciation to his customers and employees. Rosenbaum presents the story in pleasingly unadorned fashion; you can almost sense Halle standing over his shoulder, feeding him the material. One moment the action will be centered on an aspect of Halle's business strategy, which in turn might spark some personal reminiscence. Though a considerable amount of the book chronicles Halle's life's progress, what sings from the pages are the heart-gladdening pillars of his business vision. It goes without saying that the customer gets class treatment for, as a friend of Halle's noted, ''Nobody gets up in the morning and says, 'What a beautiful day. I think I'll go buy four tires.' They get up and say, 'I have to buy new tires.' It's like going to the dentist'' but the workers also feel like they are getting class treatment from the workplace. Many of the workers who gravitate to Discount are "lost boys without a sense of direction. The company provides a genial atmosphere, a good wage serious potential. Rosenbaum makes it all sound like business-for-dummies, with a bright helping of humor and head-slapping obviousness, repeating his subject s mantra: ''Be honest. Work hard. Have fun. Be grateful. Pay forward.'' Call them Halle's Golden Rules. They ought to be canned and fed to every schoolchild. --Kirkus Reviews

Bruce Halle's story is an inspiration. He starts his employees changing tires; fixes flat tires for free; is never undersold; scouts every location and okays every store he builds. He promotes from within, rewards his people generously for their achievements and leads by example never wavering from these core values. This book should be required reading for entrepreneurs everywhere. --Karl Eller, chairman and CEO of The Eller Company

About the Author

Michael Rosenbaum is a business consultant and former financial journalist who has both studied and advised hundreds of corporate leaders over his career. As president of the nation s largest investor relations agency, Rosenbaum managed operations of a $35 million business and advised CEOs and CFOs at more than 150 companies regarding strategic financial and marketing issues. He holds both a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in business administration and is an active member of the World Presidents Organization. In addition to Six Tires, No Plan, he has written three business texts and a collection of commonsense life lessons, Your Name Here: Guide to Life.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
37
4 star
18
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 56 customer reviews
The book is written in a very conversational style and therefore easy to read.
John Chancellor
I got this book via Kindle and once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.
Dallas Guy
The company put a great effort emphasizing the importance of customer service.
Nuknuk

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Discount Tire Company does one thing and one thing only--tires--and they do it exceedingly well. Discount Tire doesn't offer oil changes, alignments or general automotive services. But even if you have never set foot in a Discount Tire store they will repair your flat tire or mount your snow tires for free. From the humblest of beginnings in a rented building on Stadium Boulevard in Ann Arbor, MI the company founded by Bruce Halle has grown to become the largest independent tire retailer in America with more than 800 locations. So just who is Bruce Halle and how did he manage to pull this all off? Author Michael Rosenbaum has chronicled the improbable story of Bruce Halle and his company in his informative and entertaining new book "Six Tires, No Plan: The Impossible Journey of the Most Inspirational Leader That (Almost) Nobody Knows". This is at once a fun, eye-opening and very inspiring read. I really enjoyed it!

In the first few chapters Of "Six Tires, No Plan" Rosenbaum focuses on the life of Bruce Halle as he was growing up in Berlin, New Hampshire and Taylor Township, Michigan. Bruce admits that he was not a particularly gifted student and that most viewed him as something of an underachiever. In 1944 his parents enrolled him at Holy Redeemer High School. It was a decision that would change his life. On the first day of his freshman year in 1944 young Bruce Halle met two of the people who would influence his life the most: his future wife of 38 years Geraldine Konfara and his homeroom teacher Sister Marie Ellen. Sister Marie Ellen believed in young Bruce and would become a constant source of encouragement. Years later Bruce Halle would fondly recall the role this Immaculate Heart of Mary nun had in turning his life around.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Carey VINE VOICE on March 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Six Tires, No Plan is a business biography and like its subtitle points out, it is a bio about a business leader whom most are likely unaware. Bruce Halle is a very successful businessman and he ranks among the world's wealthiest people, yet he doesn't seek the spotlight and hence very few people know anything about him. He is the man behind the Discount Tire store chain and he built his business from the ground up, based on a solid foundation of principles and ethics. He is head of a retail tire outlet that stretches coast to coast and includes hundreds of stores, yet almost no one recognizes his name.

Six Tires, No Plan is the story of Bruce Halle's rise to the top in an almost accidental fashion and readers will enjoy reading about Halle's early life and the successes and failures that gave rise to Discount Tire. Halle didn't necessary set out to become a tire king and at many points in his early adult life, he wasn't sure what he career direction he should take. He had a wife and kids dependent on him and knew he had to make something work, but wasn't exactly sure what to do. He finally started to sell tires, offering better service and extra perks that other tire retailers didn't offer. His plan worked, and the Discount Tire chain began its slow but steady growth that continues to this day.

This book is a good business bio overall and its most valuable aspects are its management advice and life lessons. Halle built Discount Tire's management philosophy around several key components and many in management would be wise if they followed a similar strategy. First, he abides very closely to the Golden Rule and always thinks about what he would do and how he would react if placed in the opposite position.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richie Elloitt on March 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Six Tires, No Plan" is the amazing story of Bruce Halle, a man who built Discount Tire Company from the ground up over more than 50 years. He knew from the very beginning that it's all about the people - the customers, the employees, and their families - and treating them with integrity, respect and style. There is so much to be learned from this book, all while reading an intriguing, interesting, can't-put-it-down adventure. Michael Rosenbaum did a remarkable job collecting a myriad of details about Bruce Halle's life and Discount Tire Company, and weaving into a masterpiece that can be enjoyed by all. This book is a MUST READ!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Misha06 on February 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If our major corporations were run like Discount Tire is run - there would be no shortage of jobs paying a reasonable wage and company loyalty would be the norm instead of a very rarely seen occurance. Did you know that there are only two positions in Discount Tire that do not start out changing tires in the service bay (lawyer and accountant)? All promotions are from within and nobody is hired in as a Manager - they all start in the service bay changing tires.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Carmen on February 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I was inspired by the true life story of a man who has experienced great success as a result of hard work, willingness to take risks, and the time-tested values of good character and human decency. It is worth reading, studying and emulating.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raimundo J. Socorro on February 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I have recommended this book to my children as a must read. It is an excellent book about a great individual. I wish there were more Bruce Halle's in this world.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As I read about the amazing success of Bruce Halle and Discount Tire, one of Aesop's Fables kept coming to mind - the story of the Tortoise and the Hare. This book traces the life of Bruce Halle and Discount Tire. And one of the biggest lessons is that success is a lifelong process. Mr. Halle was not an overnight success. He achieved his success by plugging away, day in and day out.

The other huge lesson to be learned from this book is that success is never a one man accomplishment. Mr. Halle had two groups that had significant impact on his achieving the spectacular success he achieved - his employees and his customers. His approach to business is far different than most retail businesses. He treated both his employees and customers with utmost respect. He never took a short term approach with his employees or his customers. He realized that he was in it for the long haul.

I suspect there is a good chance that most people have never heard of Bruce Halle. The retail tire business is very straightforward business. There is no glamour to the business. Mr. Halle started with very little inventory, a run down store but with lots of energy and determination. He stood out from the competition by focusing on customer service - clean stores, fast service and giving away lots free services. He built customer loyalty. He made a few attempts at expanding the services they offered but he quickly realized that sticking to what the company was good at was the best for the bottom line.

He developed employee loyalty by a very rigid promoting from within policy. All store managers come up through the ranks. They all started out busting tires. He also has a policy of giving employees a second chance.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?