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Fire Someone Today: And Other Surprising Tactics for Making Your Business a Success Paperback – April 3, 2006
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"...full of down-to-earth, practical and tested advice for leaders seeking to better their company..." -- Leading Blog, May 5, 2006
"...solid reading for any small-business owner." -- New York Post, May 8, 2006
"...this no-nonsense collection of real-life business experiences may even find you laughing out loud." -- Kirkus Reports, January 1, 2006
From the Author
The chapter titles for Fire Someone Today came from scribbled notes on napkins and receipts. The book contains the practical wisdom I learned from long lunches with other entrepreneurs and from making lots of mistakes of my own. It is about making the right decisions in good times and bad and it is full of practical examples from real businesses. If you took me to lunch to talk about a business issue, this is the advice you would get.
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This is a really good book that imparts some great advice from someone who lived through them. I really like that Bob shares the advice in a direct way, without fluff, and shares stories from his business on how he made mistakes and how applying the core of the lessons yielded better results. The book is easy to read and is fun. I found myself looking forward to picking up the book to read the next chapter/lesson. It really was like sitting having lunch with a wise and experienced entrepreneur and learning a lesson each time.
One of my favorite books of all time.
I found that the pages flew by. I never found myself awed by his intelligence or genius but I often found myself amazed by the simplicity of his advice that I may not have thought of had they not been put on paper in front of me. He makes you take a step back from the busy-ness and status quo of the small-business-owner's day and gives you advice that you need to hear but probably won't if you ask those closest to you. So basically, I found this to be a helpful, refreshing, and easy read.
Finally, and this is what makes this book truly a success in my mind, since the advice is so specialized so as to apply only to upper management in major corporations, the concepts that he discusses apply to anybody who will ever be in a position of leadership. Most, but not all, of the application in the book is within a small-business context, but since he discusses strategies rather than specific application, much of the content is applicable to any leadership arena no matter how big or how small.
PS As an added benefit, if you're a user of Bob's product (I am, and in my opinion it is the best Bible software made), reading this book will help you understand why Logos is how it is.
This book provides a wonderful view into processes/systems that have failed and succeeded and, mostly importantly, WHY they did what they did. The author provides wonderful, entertaining and POWERFUL stories and compelling arguments for each of his points.
The essay-like style of book makes it not only an informative, though-provoking read, but also an academically valuable and easily referenced book for your debates when improving your business.
From small to large business alike, all leadership (from the executive to the micro-manager) should have this on their shelves. It will truly surprise you with its informative and inspiring content.
This clearly is a man who loves his "baby" (his company), but has made mistakes along the way in growing that baby. There are not a lot of business owners who will: 1. step back, reevaluate, and ADMIT to mistakes made; 2. CORRECT those mistakes; and, 3. honestly SHARE his experiences in a way that is not only engaging and entertaining but so very informational! While I am not a business owner and read it from an employee's perspective, I was encouraged to see there are people out there who do care whether their employees are growing and happy and more importantly, in a position where they can provide the maximum contribution to the business. It also gave me additional insight into the struggles of an entrepreneur - the steps forward and (sometimes) the slide back to "square one."
Mr. Pritchett leads a company that is considered one of the best places to work in Bellingham, WA. After reading this book, I can see why!