No Man's Land: Where Growing Companies Fail

No Man's Land: Where Growing Companies Fail

By Doug Tatum

Capturing the phenomenon of no man's land--when businesses are too big to be considered small but still too small to be considered big--Tatum's book offers readers the tools they need to survive this crucial stage of growth.


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Book Information

Publisher: Portfolio
Publish Date: 01/01/2009
Pages: 256
ISBN-13: 9781591842491
ISBN-10: 1591842492
Language: English

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December 27, 2007

The folks over at strategy + business have chosen what they consider the best business books of the year. There were eight categories, and each one was assigned to an expert in that field for review. Each reviewer also delivered an essay on the books chosen, and they are all good reads. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

October 09, 2007

A few weeks ago we had Doug Tatum, author of No Man's Land, in town for an event with area business people. He talked about that difficult transition from a small company to a big company. One message that seemed to resonate with the audience was the idea that to grow in a healthy way, leaders must refresh their "inner circle" of confidants and managers. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

October 01, 2007

No Man's Land: What to Do When Your Company is Too Big to Be Small, But Too Small to Be Big by Doug Tatum, Portfolio, 256 pages, $24. 95 Hardcover, September 2007, ISBN 9781591841722 It is often difficult to find your way forward in business, particularly when your company is growing at a fast clip. The possibilities are myriad and the next step is not always clear. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

September 04, 2007

When the seasons change (and we're almost to that point here in Wisconsin), we start buzzing a little bit louder. The phones ring, the books move about the office, and we start asking each other questions like "When does that book pub? " and "Are we doing anything special with this new title? READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 15, 2008

The day has finally arrived. After careful consideration, the winners have been determined for our first annual Business Book Awards. Nearly 300 titles were submitted which were then critiqued and reviewed by our editorial staff. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

Full Description

If starting a company is difficult, leading a company once the business has caught fire is infinitely more so. Thousands of startups each year approach the dangerous transition that Doug Tatum calls No Man's Land--when they are too big too be considered small but still too small to be considered big. Rapid growth is every entrepreneur's dream, but it never comes easily and is usually rife with dilemmas. Such growth should spark self-discovery, acquired discipline, and positive but difficult transition. Unfortunately, it often becomes an agonizng battle between the tendencies of a lonely entrepreneur and certain immutable laws of growth. The result is confusion, frustration, stagnation, loss of employee morale, and, at worst, financial failure. The good news is that Doug Tatum knows exactly what it takes to get through No Man's Land: a map, a high place from which to orient yourself, and navigational rules to help you track your progress. Through case studies and stories of successes and failures, No Man's Land will help you learn how to: - Align your growing company with its market.
- Execute the necessary changes in your management.
- Confirm that your financial model is scalable.
- Attract money and make smart decisions about financing your business.
If you're an entrepreneur, this book will help you make your company all it can be and all you want it to be.

About the Author

Doug Tatum is the founding chairman of Tatum, LLC, the nation's largest and fastest-growing financial and technology executive services and consulting firm, with more than one thousand professionals and thirty-three offices across the country.

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