The Founder S Mentality

The Founder S Mentality

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A Washington Post Bestseller Three Principles for Managing—and Avoiding—the Problems of Growth Why is profitable growth so hard to achieve and sustain? Most executives manage their companies as if the solution to that problem lies in the external environment: find an attractive market, formulate the right strategy, win new customers. But when Bain & Company’s Chris Zook and James Allen, authors of the bestselling Profit from the Core, researched this question, they found that when companies fail to achieve their growth targets, 90 percent of the time the root causes are internal, not external—increasing distance from the front lines, loss of accountability, proliferating processes and bureaucracy, to name only a few. What’s more, companies experience a set of predictable internal crises, at predictable stages, as they grow. Even for healthy companies, these crises, if not managed properly, stifle the ability to grow further—and can actively lead to decline. The key insight from Zook and Allen’s research is that managing these choke points requires a “founder’s mentality”—behaviors typically embodied by a bold, ambitious founder—to restore speed, focus, and connection to customers: • An insurgent’s clear mission and purpose • An unambiguous owner mindset • A relentless obsession with the front line Based on the authors’ decade-long study of companies in more than forty countries, The Founder’s Mentality demonstrates the strong relationship between these three traits in companies of all kinds—not just start-ups—and their ability to sustain performance. Through rich analysis and inspiring examples, this book shows how any leader—not only a founder—can instill and leverage a founder’s mentality throughout their organization and find lasting, profitable growth.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author by : Chris Zook
Publisher : Harvard Business Review Press
Release : 2016-05-17
File : 224 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781633691179


Profit From The Core

Profit From The Core

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When Profit from the Core was published in 2001, it became an international bestseller, helping hundreds of companies find their way back to profitable growth after the bursting of the Internet bubble. The 2007 global financial meltdown reaffirmed the perils of pursuing heady growth through untested strategies, as firms in industries from finance to retailing to automobiles strayed too far from their core businesses and suffered the consequences. In this updated edition of Profit from the Core, authors Chris Zook and James Allen show that a renewed focus on the core is more critical than ever as firms seek to rebuild their competitive advantage coming out of the downturn—and that a strong core will be the foundation for successful expansion as the economy recovers. Based on more than ten years of Bain & Company research and analysis and fresh examples from firms responding to the current downturn, the book outlines what today’s executives and managers need to do now to revitalize their core, identify the next wave of profitable growth, and build on it successfully. Zook and Allen explain how companies can: • Develop a strong, well-defined core and use it to establish a leadership position • Follow the golden rule of strategy: discourage competitors from investing in your core • Assess whether your core is operating at its full potential • Uncover hidden assets in your core that provide the seeds for new growth • Find a repeatable formula to apply core business strengths in adjacent markets Building on powerful and proven ideas to meet today’s formidable business challenges, Profit from the Core is the back-to-basics strategy field guide no manager should be without.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author by : Chris Zook
Publisher : Harvard Business Press
Release : 2010-02-05
File : 192 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781422157138


The Founder S Mentality

The Founder S Mentality

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Why is profitable growth so hard to achieve and sustain? Most executives manage their companies as if the solution to that problem lies in the external environment--find an attractive market, formulate the right strategy, win new customers. But when Bain & Company’s Chris Zook and James Allen, authors of the bestsellingProfit from the Core, researched this question, they found that 90 percent of the challenges to growth are internal: increasing distance from the front lines, loss of accountability, and proliferating processes and bureaucracy, to name only a few. More crucial is their finding that companies experience a set of predictable internal crises, at predictable stages, as they grow; and that for even the healthiest companies, these crises, if not managed properly, can stifle the company’s ability to grow further--and actively lead it into decline. The key insight from Zook and Allen’s research is that managing these choke points requires a "founder’s mentality”--an insurgent’s clear mission and purpose, an unambiguous owner mindset, and a relentless obsession with the front line (behaviors typically embodied by a bold, ambitious founder)--to restore the speed, focus, and connection to customers, all of which are lost as companies grow. Based on the authors’ decade-long study of companies in more than forty countries, any leader--not only a founder--can use a founder’s mentality to overcome these predictable challenges and set their companies back on a path of sustainable growth. This book shows how, empowering leaders everywhere to control the destiny of their companies.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author by : Chris Zook
Publisher : Harvard Business School Press
Release : 2016-06-07
File : 256 Pages
ISBN-13 : 1633691160


Repeatability

Repeatability

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Based on a multiyear study of such firms as Apple, IKEA, and Vanguard, the authors warn against complexity as a strategy for business planning, advocating instead for a simple, repeatable model that provides for constant improvement.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author by : Chris Zook
Publisher : Harvard Business Press
Release : 2012
File : 270 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781422143308


Beyond The Core

Beyond The Core

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Outlines numerous expansion strategies for businesses and includes interviews from twenty-five CEO's.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author by : Chris Zook
Publisher : Harvard Business Press
Release : 2004
File : 214 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781578519514


Profit From The Core

Profit From The Core

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Clear-headed advice on strategy from the international consulting firm Bain & Company restores a timely and refreshing "back-to-basics" approach to growth.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author by : Chris Zook
Publisher : Harvard Business Press
Release : 2001
File : 186 Pages
ISBN-13 : 1578512301


Startupland

Startupland

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The real story of what it takes to risk it all and go forbroke. Conventional wisdom says most startups need to be in SiliconValley, started by young engineers around a sexy new idea, andbacked by VC funding. But as Mikkel Svane reveals inStartupland, the story of founding Zendesk was anything butconventional. Founded in a Copenhagen loft by three thirty-something friendslooking to break free from corporate doldrums, Zendesk Inc. is nowone of the hottest enterprise software companies, still rapidlygrowing with customers in 150 countries. But its success wasanything but predestined. With revealing stories both funny andfrank, Mikkel shares how he and his friends bravely left securejobs to start something on their own, how he almost went brokeseveral times, how they picked up themselves and their families totravel across the world to California and the unknown, and how thethree friends were miraculously still together for Zendesk's IPOand (still growing) success. Much like Zendesk's mission itself—to remove friction,barriers, and mystery in order to make customer service easier andmore approachable—Startupland removes some of themyths about startups and startup founders. Mikkel's advice,hard-won through experience, often bucks conventional wisdom andentrepreneurial tropes. He shares why failure (whether fast orslow) is awful, why a seemingly boring product or idea can be themost exciting, why giving back to the community is as important asthe bottom line. From how to hire right (look for people who arenot offended by swearing) to which personas generate the highestresponse rates, Mikkel answers the most pressing questions from theperspective of someone still in the trenches and willing to sharethe hard truth, warts and all. While there are books by consultants who tell you how to buildbusinesses, or by entrepreneurs now running billion-dollarbusinesses, there are few books from people still in the trencheswho acutely remember the difficult daily decisions, the thrill (andfears) of the early days, the problems that scale with growing abusiness, and the reason why they all went on the adventure in thefirst place. Startupland is indispensable reading for allentrepreneurs who want to make their ideas the next big thing. Thebook will inspire and empower you to follow your own dream andcreate your own story.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author by : Mikkel Svane
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2014-11-13
File : 224 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781118980859


The Infinite Game

The Infinite Game

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last, a bold framework for leadership in today’s ever-changing world. How do we win a game that has no end? Finite games, like football or chess, have known players, fixed rules and a clear endpoint. The winners and losers are easily identified. Infinite games, games with no finish line, like business or politics, or life itself, have players who come and go. The rules of an infinite game are changeable while infinite games have no defined endpoint. There are no winners or losers—only ahead and behind. The question is, how do we play to succeed in the game we’re in? In this revelatory new book, Simon Sinek offers a framework for leading with an infinite mindset. On one hand, none of us can resist the fleeting thrills of a promotion earned or a tournament won, yet these rewards fade quickly. In pursuit of a Just Cause, we will commit to a vision of a future world so appealing that we will build it week after week, month after month, year after year. Although we do not know the exact form this world will take, working toward it gives our work and our life meaning. Leaders who embrace an infinite mindset build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. Ultimately, they are the ones who lead us into the future.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author by : Simon Sinek
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2019-10-15
File : 272 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780735213524


European Founders At Work

European Founders At Work

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In European Founders at Work, several of the top European startup founders and venture capitalists are interviewed to explain their respective paths to building a successful company. It takes a similar approach to Venture Capitalists at Work and other books in Apress' elite At Work series but with a focus on the differences between building a successful company in Europe versus the U.S. These insightful interviews are presented in a way that will help readers understand the founders local or a global views, how they competed on the global scale, if and how they got funding and their main challenges and opportunities. The companies chosen to be interviewed are a mix of unique worldwide ventures: European-only ventures and even a few copycats of already-proven concepts. As such, it provides a balanced view on the European scene. This mix also includes companies that started in Europe and moved to the U.S., companies who went IPO in their country of origin, companies with European venture capital backing, and companies that bootstrapped their way to success. Foreword by Saul Klein, Founder of LOVEFiLM and The Accelerator Group. Other books in the Apress At Work Series: Coders at Work, Seibel, 978-1-4302-1948-4 Venture Capitalists at Work, Shah & Shah, 978-1-4302-3837-9 CIOs at Work, Yourdon, 978-1-4302-3554-5 CTOs at Work, Donaldson, Seigel, & Donaldson, 978-1-4302-3593-4 Founders at Work, Livingston, 978-1-4302-1078-8 Women Leaders at Work, Ghaffari, 978-1-4302-3729-7 Advertisers at Work, Tuten, 978-1-4302-3828-7 Gamers at Work, Ramsay. 978-1-4302-3351-0

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author by : Pedro Gairifo Santos
Publisher : Apress
Release : 2012-02-12
File : 272 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781430239079


The Startup Way

The Startup Way

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Entrepreneur and bestselling author of The Lean Startup, Eric Ries reveals how entrepreneurial principles can be used by businesses of all kinds, ranging from established companies to early-stage startups, to grow revenues, drive innovation, and transform themselves into truly modern organizations, poised to take advantage of the enormous opportunities of the twenty-first century. In The Lean Startup, Eric Ries laid out the practices of successful startups – building a minimal viable product, customer-focused and scientific testing based on a build-measure-learn method of continuous innovation, and deciding whether to persevere or pivot. In The Startup Way, he turns his attention to an entirely new group of organizations: established enterprises like iconic multinationals GE and Toyota, tech titans like Amazon and Facebook, and the next generation of Silicon Valley upstarts like Airbnb and Twilio. Drawing on his experiences over the past five years working with these organizations, as well as nonprofits, NGOs, and governments, Ries lays out a system of entrepreneurial management that leads organizations of all sizes and from every industry to sustainable growth and long-term impact. Filled with in-the-field stories, insights, and tools, The Startup Way is an essential road map for any organization navigating the uncertain waters of the century ahead.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author by : Eric Ries
Publisher : Currency
Release : 2017-10-17
File : 400 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781101903216