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Six Disciplines for Excellence Paperback – May 1, 2004
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"I've never read a book that was so tailored to small businesses..." -- Terry Terhark, Founder, The Right Thing
"Nobody helps you figure out how to manage the company to get results in such an easy to understand way..." -- Lindy Lopez, President, Research for Action
"This book shows me how I can systematically move by busines from existence to excellence. I can do this" -- Johnny Warren, Co-Founder, Cornerstone Management
About the Author
Gary Harpst has spent his life working with small businesses. As co-founder and CEO of Solomon Software, his company served more than 60,000 small businesses for twenty years until the company was sold and ultimately became a part of Microsoft. Since that time Gary has founded Plumbline Solutions a 75 person software engineering and services company and Six Disciplines Corporation. Six Disciplines is devoted to helping small businesses achieve lasting excellence by transitioning from working "in" their business to working "on" their business -- what the author refers to as "moving beyond widget building to business building".
Gary is passionate in his desire to help business people find and fulfill their God given purpose in life. As a result he believes building excellent, lasting businesses that help people learn, grow and provide for their families is a noble calling.
Gary is married to his life partner Rhonda and they are raising three children James, Anna and Jordan. He serves on a local school board, is a trustee on a local college and an elder at his church.
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For may of us who are buried in the day-to-day, Harpst gives you the schedule, the to-do list, the checklists, the basis of the theory and a truly practical, block and tackle, approach to making your business better. This is a lot of work, and to do it right will take time, effort and true commitment. However, the formula is an excellent one. Having done strategy development and implementation as well as management both in principal and consulting capacities over the last 10 years, I am disappointed it took so long to actually stumble on this gem. A MUST have in your library.
While "Fire Someone Today" provided some examples of harsh lessons and the values of good planning, this book provided the "how to" side of that approach. 6D4E did not provide many powerful, real-world examples/stories, but took the time to explain how to avoid the bad side. I recommend both of these books as a pair.
I would not recommend reading this book on its own (unlike "Fire Someone Today"). Without an understanding of "lessons learned" and what others are thinking (such as looking at the "Inside the Minds" series from Aspatore Books), this book merely provides you with a "hey, you should do this" without showing the negative side or how your particular role fits into the plan.
Without an understanding of your position (Inside the Minds) and how things have failed (Fire Someone Today), this book will be ineffective and merely tossed to the side until you learn those harsh lessons yourself.
It is clear, concise, with actionable suggestions.
Simply put, this book distills the essence of hundreds of small business management books, and gives passionate, excellence-driven small business leaders actionable direction.
The Six Disciplines Methodology synthesizes and integrates the most fundamental elements of strategic planning, quality management, integrated organizational learning, business process automation, people performance management and measure-driven improvement -- and offers a unique, practical and systematic approach toward LASTING excellence.
While the book is a gem in and of itself, perhaps the most amazing aspect of the book is what's NOT covered.
Six Disciplines helps the best small and emerging businesses make the transition from product-building to business-building using a distinctive 4-way approach:
1. A Methodology to make business-building systematic. (The Six Disciplines Methodology)
2. Technology to make business-building practical. (Six Disciplines System)
3. Coaching to make business-building last. (Six Disciplines Leadership Center)
4. A Ready and Able Organization to make business-building work. (Six Disciplines Client)
The book "Six Disciplines for Excellence" covers only the first approach - the Six Disciplines Methodology.
To find out more about the Six Disciplines System, Leadership Centers and what it takes to become a Six Disciplines Client, you can visit [...]
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