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Breaking the Glaze Ceiling: Sweet Lessons For Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Wannabes Paperback – December 27, 2016
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"Entrepreneurs are like thoroughbreds--they're born to run. Breaking the Glaze Ceiling is a must-read. It is about life-changing experiences and two women who make their dreams come true. The lessons presented in this book are informative, personal, and practical. And "how sweet it is" to learn about entrepreneurship through the lens of two women making donuts. You can nearly taste the pages and the donuts--sweet reading."
-- Dr. Denzil Edge --
Founder and Former CEO of The Learning House, Inc. and Professor Emeritus, University of Louisville
"Lyle Sussman's great book about the entrepreneurial lessons he learned from his daughter, her partner and Hi-Five Doughnuts is chock full of wisdom and practical tips for a student, anyone in business, or anyone thinking about becoming an entrepreneur. Like a Hi-Five doughnut, this book has a wow factor and is more fulfilling than any university lecture or textbook on going into business."
-- Dennis McCuistion --
Former bank CEO, Clinical Professor of Corporate Governance at UT Dallas, and PBS TV Host for 27 years
"This book is a quick read that's also inspirational. (And it's always fun to get inspiration from donuts!) Dr. Sussman gives an intriguing perspective that combines the 'ivory tower' of academia and the real world work cut out for entrepreneurs."
-- Jennifer Rubenstein --
Board President of the American Independent Business Alliance
"Breaking the Glaze Ceiling is an inspiring and informative quick read for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting their own business. Sussman offers great insight to help aspiring entrepreneurs find success doing what they love doing while skipping the dreaded mistakes and pitfalls many business owners make."
-- Lesley Pyle, M.Sc. --
Founder of HomeBasedWorkingMoms.com and HireMyMom.com
From the Author
When is the last time you saw people standing outside in December, waiting in the cold rain to buy . . . a doughnut? I saw it for the first time this past weekend at the Hi-Five Doughnut shop in Louisville, KY.
I was there to introduce this book, which is about (among other things) the Hi-Five breakthrough. In some way, I figured, Breaking the Glaze Ceiling had to become a breakthrough book all its own. And I think it is.
It's a breakthrough book because it's a true story I didn't expect to come true. My daughter Annie and her partner Leslie jumped ship from safe corporate jobs to take on the risk of starting--of all things--a brand-new doughnut business. They evolved their business from a tent to a food truck to a stand-alone store. They attracted thousands of fans on social media. They got national exposure. Best of all, they did all of it without paying for a single ad.
It's a breakthrough book because it also describes some of the ceilings I broke through during this time. I've written 16 books which have collectively sold more than a million copies--but this is the first book I've authored alone. I was compelled to write it.
I've been a professor, consultant, coach, and speaker in business for more than 40 years. In all those years, I never once witnessed such phenomenal execution, creativity, humor--and success--from such un-businesslike people. They still don't have a business plan. Breaking the Glaze Ceiling celebrates what I witnessed: that however good an idea they might be, business plans are not at all required for that business to succeed.
Their courage, dreams, passion, and execution came together in alignment--and now, customers will stand in the December rain for what they make. (Even this book looks good enough to eat!)
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says everything Lyle and his colleagues teach in business school is mostly wrong and out of Synchy with our times. He is right! Throw out the Business 101 books and head to Gentrfying neighborhoods of America catering to hungry consumers looking for new experiences in food, music, clothing, books, transportation and green living. Business startups are the secret sauce for renewing America. Buy this book! Love it!