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Think Big, Act Small: How America's Best Performing Companies Keep the Start-Up Spirit Alive

Jason Jennings

The bestselling author of "Less Is More" reveals how great companies blend the ambitions of a giant with the humility and focus of a start-up.


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Publisher: Portfolio
Publish Date: 05/04/2005
Pages: 272
ISBN-13: 9781591840763
ISBN-10: 1591840767
Language: English

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January 20, 2009

2008 Best Sellers


Below are our 2008 Best Sellers (links open in new windows/tabs) 1. How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything. . READ FULL DESCRIPTION

May 10, 2012

The Reinventors: How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change by Jason Jennings, Portfolio, 256page, $26. 95, May 2012, ISBN 9781591844235 The once vital Main Streets of America are all but out of business, boarded up or filled with antique stores shopping the delights and detritus of another era. Jason Jennings visits the main street of his own abandoned hometown at the beginning of The Reinventors to use it as a metaphor for “what will happen to you, your job, and your business unless you become a reinventor completely committed to constant radical change and growth. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

April 30, 2007

First time author Vince Thompson last month released Ignited: Managers Light Up Your Company and Career for More Power More Purpose and More Success. This afternoon, I posted a podcast I did with Vince. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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Tradition says there are three ways to grow a company's profits: Fire up the sales team with empty promises, cut costs and downsize, or cook the books. But what if there's a better way a way that nine amazingly profitable and well-run companies are already embracing?

Jason Jennings and his research team screened more than 100,000 American companies to find nine that rarely end up on magazine covers, yet have increased revenues and profits by ten percent or more for ten consecutive years. Then they interviewed the leaders, workers, and customers of these quiet superstars to find the secrets of their astoundingly consistent and profitable growth.

What they have in common is a culture a community based on a shockingly simple precept: Think big, but act small. It works for retailers like PETCO, Cabela s, and• Reilly Automotive, manufacturers like Medline Industries, service companies like Sonic Drive-In, private educational companies like Strayer, industrial giants like Koch Enterprises, and software companies like SAS.

These companies think big ideas about solving customers problems, making better products, and creating value. And yet they never stop acting like start-ups staying humble, treating every employee like the owner, and teaching managers to get their hands dirty.

Jennings and his researchers have updated this book with new stories and insights about why these companies continue to thrive through the economic downturn and have now increased revenues and profits for fifteen consecutive years. Any company, no matter the size or industry, can benefit from following their examples.

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