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Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big Paperback – March 27, 2007
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It aims to do for small private companies what In Search of Excellence did two decades ago for big public companies: shine a light on a handful of business practices the author admires, and which he believes are the reason some companies consistently do better than others. (Joseph Nocera, The New York Times)
Small Giants is one of the most relevant and articulate arguments for staying bold and creative, intimate and manageable as I have ever read. I guarantee that expression and the arguments for staying small will cause a collective sigh of relief from thousands of entrepreneurs. (Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop)
With new management books arriving by the boatload, Bo Burlingham has somehow managed the near impossiblehes given us a true original. Moreover, in the process he may have discovered the most interesting and under-reported corner of the U.S. economy. In short, Small Giants is a Large Masterpiece. Bos reporting is stupendous, and his writing and storytelling skills make the book equal parts fun and profound. (Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence)
The fourteen companies that Bo Burlingham... features in his new book Small Giants demonstrate conclusively that a company can resist the temptation to keep getting bigger and biggerand wind up better for it. (Cecil Johnson, The Fort Worth Star- Telegram)
For all you harried entrepreneurs out there, Bo Burlingham has a reassuring message: Relax. Bigger isnt necessarily better. The wonderful stories in Small Giants show you how to prosper by retaining the vision of excellence that got you into business in the first place. (Rosabeth Moss Kanter, author of Confidence)
Bo Burlinghams done for private companies what Jim Collins did for public companies in Good to Great. (Steve Pearlstein, The Washington Post)
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Presumably Bo Burlingham agrees with Welch, perhaps adding that the size of a company such as GE does not determine whether or not it has these characteristics. Rather, he would identify 14 companies which he calls "small giants." They range from Selima Inc. (a two-person fashion design and dressmaking firm) to O.C. Tanner (a company with 1,700 hundred employees and annual sales of $350-million). Although quite different in size and nature, Burlingham has identified seven common threads:
"First, I could see that, unlike most entrepreneurs, their founders and leaders had recognized the full range of choices they had about the type of company they would create."
"Second, the leaders had overcome the enormous pressures on successful companies to take paths they had not chosen and did not necessarily want to follow.Read more ›
The book is arranged by various topics rather than by business. He draws in examples from a few of the businesses in each chapter as appropriate to illustrate the point he is making. The first chapter, "Free to Choose", discusses the realization that each of these businesspeople had that they did not have to follow the public corporation path of going public, or giving up what they loved doing in order to pursue the maximum bottom line profit. It is interesting to see what conclusions each of them came to and the direction they chose. The second chapter discusses the various approaches various businesses take to "bosses". Some of these guys run the business themselves from a strong center. Others are very egalitarian and try to delegate a great deal. There is a fascinating range of approaches to this issue.
The third chapter discusses the idea of uniqueness.Read more ›
In Small Giants, Bo Burlingham brilliantly writes about 14 companies whose owners decided to do things "their way". These owners walked away from millions of dollars to stay true to themselves - and in return became even more spectacular. Mandatory reading for any entrepreneur who gets confused as to what success really means.
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One of the best books i've read in a long time. Shows how going as fast as possible is not always the best for a company and its owners. Amazing readPublished 8 days ago by deon10
A great reminder for new entrepreneurs that staying small and resisting investment is not a bad way to go. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Avid Reader
Companies not on the growth train but still do grow. The one I admire most are those that forego max profits for high quality and strong customer and employee loyalty. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Cindy Sutton
I have really enjoyed this book. It has pushed me outside the companies we normally look at to these few companies that are just plain doing it right. Read morePublished 3 months ago by kjh2417
As a business owner I found Small Giants to be very inspirational. I listen to a lot of podcasts and this book was mentioned on the Tim Ferriss podcast. Read morePublished 3 months ago by spagetti
This book is recommended to all the Entrepreneurs as well as those who want to take the the plunge.It highlights key insightful points like engaging and retaining passionate... Read morePublished 4 months ago by KARAN ARORA
Excellent story telling - thought-provoking - unique. A great perspective into what the heart and soul of a company can look like when done well.Published 4 months ago by Austin