- Hardcover: 239 pages
- Publisher: Pacific Northwest Books; F First Edition Used edition (June 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0892881518
- ISBN-13: 978-0892881512
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Les Schwab Pride in Performance: Keep It Going F First Edition Used Edition
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This is the story of Les Schwab and his company. He tells how he started in the tire business and shares with the reader his ideas on building a successful business through building successful employees. Les is a businessman not a writer, but like in business, he gets his points across. He is the undisputed king of the tire business in the Pacific Northwest. His is the largest independent tire business in the world and he makes it look easy. If you are in business or want to be in business you must read this book.
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Schwab understood incentives and how to work through people. Here are some other takeaways:
- Share profits with employees. Create programs that really work to incentivise growth.
- Remember where the engine of the company comes from - the front line people facing the customers.
- Give responsibility to people and put them in charge of their own stores. (But oversee and keep a tight rein on the numbers).
- Keep an open book on profits and costs and share this with everyone.
- Be good to your employees and customers but be tough on suppliers and competitors.
- Ensure complete discipline across the company. Be fair and honest. Keep standards high.
- A company that shares its profits and reinvests capital has a self perpetuating flywheel for growth.
Finally - Never give up, have pride in performance, and keep it going!
His concepts are a great idea for any business.
I actually bought this book as a gift for someone else,
but have read it myself and gave that copy out to keep it going..........
He discusses the virtuous cycle, where he set up programs to make his people successful, and in turn, they make him successful. He talks about unions, socialism, zoning regs, and the dangers of too many policies. His advice to push everything down to the lowest level (not at corporate HQ) should be read by our education departments and government.
He covers a very wide set of topics in a way that really makes you want to "shake his hand"!
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