Business owners, and their teams, often lose their way in the midst of the day-to-day stress of generating sales and profits. Whether your goal is selling millions of your product, expanding operations to a new location, or generating more profits, Start at the End offers a unique approach and action steps for business owners and entrepreneurs to redevelop your business plan and achieve ultimate success. You'll learn how to re-create your long-term vision and then make continuous progress in achieving that vision while continuing to hit your short-term goals. Start at the End offers inspiring stories of other entrepreneurs who have achieved significant success in this area, as well as easy-to-follow exercises and next steps.
Start at the End gives business owners a chance to take a step back, re-evaluate your business, and redesign your business plan to achieve the success you dreamed of when you first launched your company.
DAVE LAVINSKY is the cofounder of Growthink, a consultancy that helps entrepreneurs and business owners identify and pursue new opportunities, develop new business plans, raise capital, and build growth strategies. Over the past decade, Growthink has helped thousands of companies develop business plans and achieve massive growth. Personally, Dave has guest lectured at top universities, developed more than 100 business plans, and has written hundreds of articles on entrepreneurship, business planning, and raising capital. He is also a successful serial entrepreneur, having started and exited multiple Internet and product-focused ventures.
McKee has a unique understanding of what happens when growth stalls. His firm commissioned a study of 700 companies that had at one time been among the nation's fastest-growing businesses. Developed in concert with Decision Analyst, a leading national research and consulting firm, the study probed areas as diverse as corporate structure, competition, branding, finance, and strategy. The target respondent profile were CEOs, owners, principals, presidents, managing directors or chairmen of the board. In-depth follow-up interviews yielded fascinating stories and personal comments from executives who had been living on the front lines of real-life growth crises. McKee presents compelling knowledge about how and why companies lose their way, and offers practical advice about how they can rekindle growth.
When Growth Stalls demonstrates that sluggish growth is generally produced not by mismanagement or strategic blundering but by natural market forces and management dynamics that are often unrecognized--and widespread. The book presents seven characteristics that commonly correlate with stalled growth and what to do about them. Some are external forces to which countless companies have fallen victim: economic upheavals, changing industry dynamics, and increased competition. What McKee points out, however, is how often they catch companies off-guard. More surprising are four subtle and highly destructive internal factors that conspire to keep companies down: lack of consensus among the management team, loss of nerve, loss of focus, and marketing inconsistency. McKee makes the case that, regardless of what's going on outside of an enterprise, it's what's inside that counts.
For thirty years, Gary Shapiro has observed the world's most innovative businesses from his front-row seat as leader of the Consumer Electronics Association. Now he reveals the ten secrets of "ninja innovators" like Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and many others.
What does it take to succeed? Discipline. Mission-oriented strategy. Adaptability. Decisiveness. And a will for victory. In short, today's most successful businesses are "ninja innovators." Drawn from Gary Shapiro's three decades of experience leading the consumer electronics industry, Ninja Innovation takes readers behind the scenes of today's top enterprises, uncovering their ten essential strategies for success.
As head of the Consumer Electronics Association and its influential annual trade show, the International CES, Shapiro has worked with the most innovative companies in history—Intel, IBM, and Samsung, to name a few—focusing on creating policies and events that produce revolutionary products year after year. He has learned the key strategies that have guided these businesses to record-breaking profits, as well as the traps that have led so many others to crushing failure.
In order to stay in front of the pace of innovation, Shapiro observes, top companies must operate as an elite strike force—just like the legendary medieval warriors known as ninjas. Ninjas weren't called upon to do the ordinary; they had to perform truly extraordinary tasks, while risking everything. As a highly trained martial-arts black belt himself, Shapiro mines the valuable insights of these centuries-old warriors to spotlight the secrets of agility, creativity, decisiveness, and reinvention that are essential for twenty-first-century leaders seeking breakthrough success.
Taking readers inside the most cutting-edge businesses, Ninja Innovation is the ultimate guide to achieving victory in today's innovate-or-die economy.
Storytelling in business is a skill that's rarely taught—and often forgotten. But it gives those who get it right the power to inspire and engage people more than any pie chart or spreadsheet ever will. Stories foster a deeply human connection, and Power Stories: The 8 Stories You Must Tell to Build an Epic Business gives readers the skills they need to master this lost art to make sales and seal deals. Whether it's in person or online, storytelling is an influential and persuasive tool. This book reveals how to discover the stories sitting under your nose and harness them for your business.
From power stories readers need to know to how to turn prospects into customers, and customers into raving fans, the book covers exactly how and when to employ the power of storytelling, and is packed with proven strategies and real-life examples that bring the key concepts to life.Explains why storytelling is the ultimate tool for business success, revealing the 8 stories that any professional needs to be able to tell Includes proven strategies, tools, and techniques for mastering the lost art of storytelling in the business world, including the use of online tools and platforms Features real-life examples of businesses and entrepreneurs from around the world who have used storytelling to grow and thrive
Written by Valerie Khoo, a respected small business commentator and successful entrepreneur, Power Stories gives professionals everywhere the tools they need to craft and tell great stories to create a competitive advantage.
Investing in the stock market is a great way to build your wealth, but for those of us who aren't professional stockbrokers, knowing what information to trust and where to put your money can seem overwhelming. Stock Market Investing for Beginners provides you with the strategic advice and knowledge necessary to make informed investment decisions. Equipping you with everything you need to take control of your financial future, Stock Market Investing for Beginners removes the guesswork from investing.
Stock Market Investing for Beginners gives you the tools to start investing wisely and successfully, with:A Comprehensive Overview covering the fundamentals of stock market investing Strategic Advice on buying, selling, owning, and diversifying Invaluable Tips on building your financial portfolio through stock market investing
“As a financial advisor, I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn the Wall Street stock market game and build wealth.”—Cheryl D. Broussard, reader and financial advisor
Learn how to make the best of your investment with Stock Market Investing for Beginners.
This book will resonate with every business leader at any level who is tired of saying or hearing “We don’t have the budget for that” and wants to grow their bottom line and their business by selling more products and services, to more of the right customers, at higher prices, and lower costs. . . in less time than they’re spending on email.
The 55 Profit Accelerators contained in "Profit in Plain Sight" were synthesized from over 30 years of business experience, often in tough turnaround situations. They’re proven, they’re classic, they work, they’re never taught in business schools, and they have nothing to do with conventional cost-cutting or accounting techniques. Instead, they deliver take-it-to-the-bank results.