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Beyond Entrepreneurship: Turning Your Company into an Enduring Great Company Hardcover – 10 Mar 1992


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  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: NYIF (10 Mar 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130853666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130853660
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.4 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,494,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Nov 2000
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The entrepreneur has started his company, now what? This book describes what an entrepreneur needs to do to become a good leader, CEO, manager and businessman. This is beyond entrepreneurship. The book is used in the INSEAD MBA course Managing Growing Businesses. I would recommend this book not only for the budding entrepreneur, but also for managers (and consultants) everywhere. It is an easy matter-of-fact read with plenty of insights, examples and common-sense advice.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 1999
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I found this book truly inspirational. I am CEO of an internet start up. This book really captures the essense of my personal philosophy, while codifying and augmenting it. It give a roadmap for how to build the foundations of a great company and how to execute on a daily basis. I am ordering it for all my senior managers
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jan 2001
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There is not one useless word in that book. A fast and easy read, it covers all of the really important things you need to pay attention to after you started your company.
Have fun and good luck.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Berhane.Y on 12 Jun 2011
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This is a very good book, a sort of step by step guide for every entrepreneur. Strong on the subject of vision,strategy and tactics and on how they are related.
It is also a practical book,with real-world example. they use simple and plain language.It is also entertaining, I enjoy reading it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Most Applicable Planning Book I Have Read 14 July 2000
By Toby Joplin - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read a number of books on strategic planning. They all generally follow a very similar approach. However, Jim Collins has done a masterful job putting the theory into a format that is easily understood and easily applied to solve real problems. I initially used the book to lead the strategic planning process for the technical support department of a major software company. The results were astounding. I have since used the book to help many other organizations and have found the book equally appropriate for each engagement. Using the concepts in this book will dramatically help your organization.
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Nothing new 22 Oct 2003
By Brian Guenther - Published on Amazon.com
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The problem with this book, and many books of this type is that it is a clearly organized exposition on intuitive principles. I have read many books that resemble this one. They tend to be motivational and easily conceived, but the downside to the ease with which they are digested is that you don't really learn anything. This does not mean the book should not read, in fact the examples and organization clearly illustrate the basic structure of strategy. However, anyone familiar with the ideas should probably look for something a little more weighty.
All of that being said, this is how the book is organized thematically:
Chapter 1: Leadership Style
Chapter 2: Vision
Chapter 3: Strategy
Chapter 4: Innovation
Chapter 5: Tactical Excellence
The key topics of chapter 1 are the multiplier effect of leadership, the different style of leadership, and the elements of leadership (Ever Forward, Communication, Hard/Soft People Skills, Personal Touch, Focus, Decisiveness, and Authenticity).
Chapter 2 covers the benefits of vision, and the framework for vision (core values and beliefs, purpose, and mission).
Chapter 3 discusses the Four Basic Principles of Setting Effective Strategy, Setting Strategy, Internal Assessment, External Assessment, and the Four Common Key Strategic Issues that Face SMEs.
Chapter 4 is on the Six Elements that make an innovative company, and 8 managerial techniques to stimulate creativity.
Chapter 5 discusses how to take vision to create strategy which can then be used to formulate tactics, how to create an environment where people consistently exhibit tactical excellence, and a six part process to ensure excellence.
This book also periodically presents frameworks, models, and case examples to help illustrate key points.
Overall, it is a quick and easy read, that will illustrate basic tips to run a business. I would recomend anything written by Michael Porter or Peter Drucker for more conceptual ideas. For more books like this, the Harvard Business Review series should be considered.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Important Questions...Practical Answers 3 May 2000
By Robert Morris - Published on Amazon.com
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Collins and Lazier wrote this book for those who seek answers to questions such as these:
1. What kind of leadership must you provide to your organization so that it will achieve the performance, impact, reputation, and longevity it needs...not only to succeed but to sustain that success?
2. How can you formulate an appropriate vision for your organization and then galvanize the commitment and efforts of others to achieve that vision?
3. What are the tough decisions to be made when selecting those strategies which are needed?
4. Meanwhile, what must be done to create and then sustain a culture within which innovative thinking is not only encouraged but nourished?
5. What is "tactical excellence"? What must be done to create an environment within which it is achieved and then (once again, a key word) sustained?
If you need answers to these questions, Collins and Lazier provide them.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Rare combination of sound theory with guide to implement 1 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm always suspicious of books that offer easy to follow implementations, and particularly on a subject as important as setting corporate values. This book is an exception. It's both inspirational and practical. It's required reading by all of our management staff (this gives us a common understanding of often used works such as vision, core values, etc.). We've used this book for four years, and we're a better company because of it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book is an outstanding guide to building a great compan 21 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book truly inspirational. I am CEO of an internet start up. This book really captures the essense of my personal philosophy, while codifying and augmenting it. It give a roadmap for how to build the foundations of a great company and how to execute on a daily basis. I am ordering it for all my senior managers
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