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The authors describe the approaches that have succeeded in helping their corporate clients around the world to step up the pace. For instance, companies must simultaneously focus on "three horizons" critical to growth. The first is the current bread-and-butter of the firm; the second, the fast-developing entrepreneurial ventures; and the third, the ideas that will germinate into tomorrow's profits. The best part of the book: the real-life examples of firms that have transformed themselves from laggards to supercharged growth companies. Take Disney, for example. After founder Walt Disney's death in 1966, the company stagnated, with its theme park and film business slipping. But after Michael Eisner took over in 1984, Disney boosted its average annual returns to 29 percent, on the strength of growth in such new avenues as Disney stores, ESPN, and resort development. The Alchemy of Growth is an instructive handbook for managers interested in spurring their companies to new heights. --Dan Ring --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Below are key excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:
1- "Growth's transformative power is akin to the alchemy of old. Read more
In my career I've been through eight Mergers and Acquisitions, and currently making my way through my ninth. Read morePublished on May 4, 2011 by Richard Tucker, PMP
Great read. It tells you how to identify and nurture new growth opportunities, an area where many good companies struggle. Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by KG
Sustained growth is the motivation of any profit-making organization. As the authors point out, few organizations achieve sustained growth. Read morePublished on February 27, 2006 by Louise McCauley
This book provides a easy-to-understand mental model for thinking about organizational growth. However, the concept of growing and managing three "horizons" of growth at the same... Read morePublished on April 30, 2005 by tinotchka
An useful book ! Surviving in the future requests perspectives and actions. Companies have a life cicle and gaining right to survive for a long time is not simple. Read morePublished on October 9, 1999 by Andrea Marcosignori
The authors of this book bring a missionary zeal to the subject of business growth. Growth must be embraced by both organizations set in by institutional sclerosis as the necessary... Read morePublished on May 7, 1999