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When Growth Stalls

One of the biggest challenges any business leader faces is generating consistent, profitable growth. But stalled growth is the rule, not the exception, even for the best-managed companies. That's especially true in today's tumultuous economic environment.

When Growth Stalls is a practical, hands-on guide for executives, managers, and entrepreneurs who are struggling with stalled growth as well as for those who hope to prevent it. In this book, marketing expert Steve McKee presents fascinating evidence that demonstrates that sluggish growth is usually produced not by mismanagement or strategic blundering, but by natural market forces and destructive internal dynamics that are widespread—and often unrecognized.

All companies struggle with external forces such as economic upheavals, changing industry dynamics, and increased competition. When Growth Stalls explores how these forces conspire to take companies down. But the book also looks beyond these natural market forces and explains how four subtle and highly destructive internal factors conspire to keep companies down: a lack of consensus among the management team, a loss of nerve, a loss of focus, and marketing inconsistency. Conquering these, McKee's research shows, is the real key to overcoming stalled growth.

When Growth Stalls demonstrates that no matter what's going on outside an enterprise, it's what's inside that counts. Public or private, for-profit or not-for-profit, consumer-focused or business-to-business—organizations of every size and shape are subject to the same challenges. Throughout this groundbreaking book, McKee explains how to turn things around, offering proven and practical advice for rekindling growth.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470395702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470395707
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark E. Mathis on June 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a business book that's actually worth your money, but also your time. When Growth Stalls is one of those rare business books that's actually about your challenges and not the ego of the author. It's been a long time since I read a book that had this many "ah-ha" moments. For example, McKee talks about the big danger of losing your nerve, even when your company is well established and you're a proven CEO. What those of us who are much lower on the food chain need to understand is that even big business titans can (and often do) lose their nerve when faced with rapidly changing market tectonics. Too often they delay making innovations to keep pace with a mutating environment and become driven by fear. This is a nasty cycle that feeds on itself and will crush the best of us. Remember when Southwest Airlines changed its seating system? As a frequent flyer of Southwest I remember thinking, "Why are they doing this?" Then, after I had taken a few more flights I thought, "Southwest has its act together. This new system works much better." I didn't give it any more thought until McKee used this as an excellent example of how growing companies are the ones who are bold enough to keep pushing the innovation button even when things are still going well. If you wait for sales growth to stall before making strategic market adaptations, you're guaranteeing a future loss in revenue and rough sledding for your company.

The best part of McKee's book is his constant use of real-world examples that demonstrate the concept he's teaching. The second best part is that his concepts are not complicated. They're just easy to forget when you're in the midst of dealing with personnel issues, new technology, finicky clients and any one of another dozen problems that come up on a typical day.
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I recently read when growth stalls...and found it to be very useful. I've shared excerpts with my senior management team to help them understand that NOW is the time to invest in marketing, not the time to cut it. It's a good mix of reinforcing stuff you should already know and providing valuable insights on stuff you didn't. I'd highly recommend this book.
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I have been a Steve Mckee follower since high-school here in Albuquerque when I was placed at his (then small) agency for an internship. The internship changed my life. Watching the agency grow and transform over the last 9 years has been motivating and inspiring. 'When Growth Stalls', is yet another gift that Steve McKee has given me. This book became the glue to all the pieces I have picked up from college and real world experience. I have been asking myself, "how do I apply this, what have I truly learned?". Steve's book is funny, simple, and easy to read. I found myself really enjoying all the references/case studies to agencies and campaigns. Being a 26 year old I don't read that many paper books so I wasn't too excited...but once you take off the weird cover (a stoplight Steve? really? haha) you are exposed to a way cooler (I said I was 26) grayish sleek book.

In the effort of trying not to give the book away I would say that one of the highest rewards to reading this book is the 'marketing equation' Steve divulges. Many professors have talked around and about what Steve writes but none spell it out A+B=C.

Reading this book so early on in my life probably saved me from a lot of unknowns. I feel better equipped and more in control of where I am going and HOW to get there.

I highly recommend reading this book wether you're an advertising professional or a small business owner. We all have a 'Top Box'.

Thank you Steve for a great book. Can not wait to send out signed copies for the holidays!
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After four years of solid growth, we saw sales slow down back in August, 2007. To raise local awareness, we moved our store inside a major shopping mall. December was a blockbuster month, then sales fell off. We couldn't sell enough products to offset the extra expense of being in a mall, so we pulled out after 8 months. We cut expenses so we could survive, but I wasn't satisfied with just surviving. The growth phase is much more fun! By then, I was most anxious to read Steve McKee's book. He style is thoughtful, his information pertinent. It helped us focus on what really matters, and Steve deserves some of the credit for the strong comeback that Banjo.com is now enjoying.
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Steve McKee has certainly done his homework in a volume that is a true treasure to any manager or executive pondering the business climate in our current economic situation. Having read a large number of leadership books in the last several months, I found this work to be truly the best of the best. The illustrations and examples are extremely effective. No matter what enterprise one is engaged in, for profit or non-profit, this book is a must read for the leader who has limited time to do their own research. A real jewel.
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McKee's book draws on relevant experience and offers a straight forward approach to focus the business' energy back on the growth path. Very timely in this economy where even the strongest businesses are being tested as never before. His case examples add value. He's been there in the trenches and this quick read conveys sound advice. While written by a seasoned marketing professional, the book is about leadership. It's for business owners and organization leaders who have to fit all the pieces together.
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