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Built to Grow: How to deliver accelerated, sustained and profitable business growth Hardcover – 28 Oct 2016

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (28 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119318092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119318095
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A useful book, and one to keep in mindas you strive to deal with the daily challenges and mini upheavals that come along in all businesses." (Irish Tech News, December 2016)

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Why is it that some people achieve phenomenal success and spend their lives living their dreams and achieving their personal and professional goals whilst others fail to realise their true potential? Success doesn′t just happen.

Built to Grow is your success formula: full of proven time–tested ideas, strategies and tools to inspire, motivate and energise you into action.

Accomplished strategist, consultant and success coach, Royston Guest, will captivate you with a fast moving combination of stories, case studies, examples and ′real world′ thinking which deliver results fast. You′ll develop the mind–set, skillset and toolset to fast track your success.

Built to Grow is your game plan, your blue print to deliver accelerated, sustained and profitable business growth and through the process become the architect of your own destiny.

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Finally a business book which covers all the bases of a business growth strategy from vision and purpose to market potential, from marketing to sales and from operations to governance. Easy to read, full of practical ideas, examples and case studies bringing the content to life.
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It's rare to find a business book that is both as comprehensive, and as user-friendly as this one is. It's built around the theory of a set of interlocking strategies that every company should have as a foundation to its operations, and it explains each of these simply, but with real detail. I appreciated that because even as an entrepreneur with a successful business of my own, I was surprised (and sometimes alarmed) at how many things I need to urgently improve.

The thing I loved most about this book was how it goes step-by-step, explaining with lots of living stories, how to maximise every part of your business so that you can get out in front and lead it. It's well written, well thought out, and as a fellow author, I can see how much thought, planning and hard work has gone into distilling a complex set of ideas into a really accessible read.

I've given it five stars, which is always a tough thing to do, because perhaps this book isn't perfect. I think it deserves them however, because I am already using it personally to improve my business, and frankly I can think of no better endorsement of a book's fitness for purpose than that.

Hopefully there will be more from this author.
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The book takes you on a simple, logical journey for strategy planning and implementation in all areas of business! A fantastic read for the whole leadership team to gather an understanding of the complete picture of our organisation and where we need to go in 2017!
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What immediately impressed me about this latest addition to the business book market was that it appears to be grounded in the real world of business and not just a collection of dubious theories. The author writes well and his anecdotes from his long experience in business keep you interested from start to finish. This is a book that I will have sitting beside me, to be referred to regularly, rather than languishing on a shelf somewhere.
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When reading business books, everything looks sensible on the page, but some books simply don’t cut it when you compare against real experience. I’ve just resigned (to take a year off) from a start-up that began as a handful of people based in the UK several years ago, and is now a large multinational company based in the US. Probably a good company for comparison with this book, because that company really was built to grow!

All the biggest factors I see in the growth of this company are listed in the book almost without exception.

The reason this books succeeds over others is simple; it is not a marketing book pretending to be a business book. So many other books I have seen in the same space are just that and forget the simple but crucial things like sustainability, company culture and employees. Steve Jobs did not invent anything; it was Apple as a solid multi-disciplinary team with a common goal.

What I like about the book

It covers everything I have seen as factors for success, having being in a fast growing company.

The book is written for a UK audience.

It’s well written and an easy read (I read the whole thing in two sittings).

It is not one of those ‘aspirational book pretending to be a business book’ that tend to litter the business bookshelf!

I did very poorly trying to play buzzword bingo with this book; its all clear language with no gobbledegook. A few too many TLAs ('three letter abbreviations') but nothing over the top.

Downsides?

From my experience with start-ups, there are three things the book misses. That’s actually a good result, as most books concentrate on marketing and miss a lot more!
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Subtitled, “How to deliver accelerated, sustained and profitable business growth,” this book looks at one of the greatest challenges businesses face – how to grow in a sustainable and profitable way. The author says that most businesses never reach their full potential and states there is a mismatch between the lofty vision that the founders of a business have and the ability to make something practical from that vision.

This book covers the fundamentals of business growth, the business growth transformation framework, inspirational leadership, building a high performing organisation, business purpose, aspirational goals and growth strategy, market potential strategy, compelling value proposition strategy, customer strategy, marketing and communications strategy, business development and sales strategy, people strategy, operational excellence strategy, finance and governance, control the controllable and your journey to mastery.

With lots of real life scenarios, advice on how to apply the concepts in the book, looking at challenges and how to make improvements. One of the other things I really liked about this book is that it is based in the UK. Obviously, American business books have lots of useful information, but it makes a change to have a UK-centric book that really seems relevant and realistic.
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