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Fire Someone Today: And Other Surprising Tactics for Making Your Business a Success Paperback
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"...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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"Bob's book is like a year's worth of lunches with someone who has been way down the road and taken a lot of lumps-who can now help you avoid repeating his mistakes. And you only have to buy once."
-GUY KAWASAKI, Author, The Art of the Start
"Bob Pritchett has written a classic for anyone running or starting up a small to mid-sized business. There's compelling information on every page. I couldn't stop reading, and the same will happen to you."
-PAT WILLIAMS, Senior Vice President, Orlando Magic
Top Customer Reviews
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.
1 Fire Someone Today (10, great review for those who hesitate firing slackers or misfits, mentions how to do it correctly)
2 You Are the Reason You Are in Business (10, you need to control the critical process/technology)
3 Nobody Loves Your Baby Like You Do (10, don't delegeate your vision for the company)
4 There Can Be Only One - Plan for Your Partner's Departure (10, be the benign dictator, how to evaluate business partners, how to always have a way out)
5 Don't Hire Anyone You Haven't Interviewed (7, basic information)
6 Cash Is King (7, basic information)
7 Quality, Price, Service -- Prioritize (9, interesting but simplistic model for niching)
8 Nobody Needs an Optimistic Accountant (6, probably true, but basic)
9 You Can Always Find 5 % (8, too oriented on nickling and diming vendors, too oriented away from growth, mentions important reports and methods)
10 Profit is Why You Are in Business (7, basic information, too oriented on profits alone, did not describe why profits are necessary for growth)
11 If You Are Not Growing, You Are Shrinking (10, interesting discussion of market dynamics)
12 Good Systems Protect You from the Perfect Employee (10, discussion on blogs, make it easy to build good systems)
13 The One Who Writes Wins (10, but basic information)
13 Read (10, great information on business intelligence, interesting remarks on business books, biographies vs business histories, novels)
15 Don't Fly Blind -- Build a Dashboard (10, important, basic information that most businesses don't prepare, doensn't and probably can't mention all the numbers any business needs)
16 Visit Everyone in Person (10, excellent reason for supporting the airlines)
17 Press Is Yours If You Ask -- And If You Want It (10, how to use publicity to your advantage without getting skinned by the media)
18 In Acquisitions, the Buyer is the Loser (10, this was really great information, how to use the process to your advantage)
19 Buy Lunch (10, excellent reason for supporting restaurants, like Chapter 16)
20 Winning Takes 51 % (10, how to categorize decisions, when to make them quickly, slowly)
21 Some People Are Your Greatest Assets (10, how to treat exceptional candidates, good is the baseline, follows "up or out" mentality of chapter 1)
22 Business Is a Serious Game (7, your decisions have consequences to your employees)
This book is easy and enjoyable to read for businesses with 5 to 200 employees.
Sugar Land, TX
Bob speaks from the heart and the book connects. The lessons learned from successes and blunders in a small business communicate dearly and are very effective. It is a good read, but one that sticks even after the first pass. I do not have to review some checklist to know several issues I can address immediately to make my business better.
I was greatly encouraged after reading the book. It has helped me better see the areas I need to work on to bring my business into focus.