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The One Hour Plan For Growth: How a Single Sheet of Paper Can Take Your Business to the Next Level [Kindle Edition]

Joe Calhoon

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Book Description

A proven system for creating a clear and compelling business growth plan

There are 15 million businesses in the United States, and 13 million of them don't utilize a planning process. Yet having a planning process is the most reliable predictor of whether a business will grow.

The One Hour Plan for Growth provides a proven system for any business to create a clear and compelling business growth plan that fits on a single sheet of paper in about one hour. This book is a quick read, and you and your people stay energized and focused on your top priorities.

  • Covers the six essential elements of the dynamic business growth plan: Vision, Mission, Values, Objectives, Strategies, and Priorities
  • Previously the top-rated speaker for Stephen Covey's organization, the author is now a successful speaker and consultant with some of the world's finest small and mid-sized companies
The book delivers a proven planning process that engages employees, develops leadership capacity, improves performance, and accelerates growth.

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Praise for The 1 Hour Plan For Growth

"We have used Joe′s system for the past five years in our business and it has helped us nearly double our sales. We have also developed more effective leaders, created more jobs, and served more satisfied customers. The One–Hour Plan for Growth provides a practical way for any team to grow a business."
Sid Miedema, CEO, Miedema Companies

"The One Hour Plan for Growth clarifies the most important difference between a professional and an amateur. The ′pro′ keeps score! Creating a business growth plan with measureable outcomes is one of the most important elements of business success. This approach makes that easy."
Richard M. Schulze, founder and Chairman, Best Buy

"This book will help you engage people′s best efforts at the deepest level their heart and soul."
Horst Schulze, Founding President, Ritz–Carlton Hotel Company and West Paces Hotel Group

"Our team started using this planning process in 2003. This approach is, without question, the simplest way for any business to develop a vision, mission, values, and strategic plan. The One Hour Plan for Growth removes the excuses now any business can confidently develop and execute their plan for growth and success."
Minaz Abji, Executive Vice President, Host Hotels & Resorts

"Joe Calhoon′s back–to–basics approach is energizing and effective. Whether your goal is to provide greater value for customers or boost your bottom line, this book shows how to harness the power within of words, ideas, values, assets, and relationships."
Stephen M. R. Covey, author of the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller The Speed of Trust

"Joe Calhoon makes complex things simple. Simple is good. Planning channels passion into performance."
Bob Buford, founder, Leadership Network, and author of Halftime and Beyond Halftime

About the Author

Joe Calhoon is a business strategist, author, and keynote speaker. In the past twenty–five years, he has worked with more than 500 organizations to develop leaders, improve organizational performance, and achieve business growth. For advanced planning tools, go to

To book Joe Calhoon for a speaking or consulting engagement, visit

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1954 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (12 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047DWCLG
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Actionable Insights and Ideas w/o the Fluff! 4 Dec. 2010
By Think Big Partners - Published on
As a business accelerator founder and entrepreneur, I will admit that I have more than a few half read self help books on my bookshelf. In fact, I have nearly become an expert in buying a book in this category, then putting it down half read when I realize it is the same old advice and fluff, repackaged to follow the latest craze.
Joe Calhoon's book is more than helpful. It gives clear insight into the planning process and distills each core step into six essential elements. This book provides the road map for an entrepreneur, business owner or startup company to think about their values and then create a plan to execute. Without a plan like this, a company's strategy to achieve success falls into the hands of luck as much as it does by design.
This book will engage your mind and help you begin AND end the planning process with a clearer vision to your desired destination.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great easy but complete strategic planning guide 24 Oct. 2010
By Dan Feliciano - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great book for a small biusimess looking for an inexpensive but complete guide to create their first strategic plan. I would have given the book 5 stars but the kindle version's formatting is poor. Roughly half way through the book most sentences are midlle page aligned making it difficult to read. I hope this gets fixed and re sent to us.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars power of 1 hour 18 Dec. 2010
By Drew - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Fantastic manual for successful, strategic, practical and clear planning for small business. Enables simple and effective connection between vision and priorities - great way to engage leadership teams. Is quick, simple and productive tool for small biz growth.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1 Hour is Not Enough 26 Jan. 2011
By Karen L. Jett, CMA - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
While this is not my favorite book on strategic planning, it contains a great deal of information that is useful.

The strengths of this book include:
* Nice template for writing a company vision statement
* Good short descriptions of the vision and mission statement
* Chapter 8 on Strategies includes a concise explanation of the strategic categories and handy templates for writing your key strategies

On the other hand, when the author goes into deeper discussions of the vision, mission, and values statements the examples provided cross freely into each other muddying up the previously clear descriptions.

Overall, despite much of the good information, my main reservation in recommending this book is that I honestly don't believe that spending only 1 hour on something as important and critical to the success of your business is a good idea. However, spending only one hour is much better than not doing it at all.

So if you are looking for a quick way to throw together a strategic plan which is clearly outlined and easy to follow, this book is for you. If you want to spend more thoughtful time in creating your strategic plan, this book may be a good starting place...but plan on doing the further reading and spending more than the allotted time.

Karen L. Jett, CMA, Author Grow Your People, Grow Your Business
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed 3 Feb. 2011
By David H - Published on
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I received this book at Christmas just as I was beginning to set my 2011 vision for my global sales team. I read the entire book in 2 hours on a short flight. A couple of days later I followed the One Hour Plan and completed my team's vision in a neat one-page presentation. The booked helped me organize my thoughts and take all the ideas I had running through my head and put them in a succinct format. My team and others in my company can now easily discuss and follow the vision. I recommend this book for any leader who wants a simple but powerful methodology to put their ideas in print so their teams can better follow them. And the book isn't exaggerating when it says it only takes an hour!
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