- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio; 1 edition (March 27 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591841496
- ISBN-13: 978-1591841494
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big Paperback – Mar 27 2007
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It aims to do for small private companies what In Search of Excellence did two decades ago for big public companies: shine a light on a handful of business practices the author admires, and which he believes are the reason some companies consistently do better than others. (Joseph Nocera, The New York Times)
Small Giants is one of the most relevant and articulate arguments for staying bold and creative, intimate and manageable as I have ever read. I guarantee that expression and the arguments for staying small will cause a collective sigh of relief from thousands of entrepreneurs. (Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop)
With new management books arriving by the boatload, Bo Burlingham has somehow managed the near impossiblehes given us a true original. Moreover, in the process he may have discovered the most interesting and under-reported corner of the U.S. economy. In short, Small Giants is a Large Masterpiece. Bos reporting is stupendous, and his writing and storytelling skills make the book equal parts fun and profound. (Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence)
The fourteen companies that Bo Burlingham... features in his new book Small Giants demonstrate conclusively that a company can resist the temptation to keep getting bigger and biggerand wind up better for it. (Cecil Johnson, The Fort Worth Star- Telegram)
For all you harried entrepreneurs out there, Bo Burlingham has a reassuring message: Relax. Bigger isnt necessarily better. The wonderful stories in Small Giants show you how to prosper by retaining the vision of excellence that got you into business in the first place. (Rosabeth Moss Kanter, author of Confidence)
Bo Burlinghams done for private companies what Jim Collins did for public companies in Good to Great. (Steve Pearlstein, The Washington Post)
About the Author
Bo Burlingham is editor at large at Inc. magazine. He has also written for Esquire, Harper’s, Mother Jones, and The Boston Globe, among other publications, and is the coauthor, with Jack Stack, of The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome.
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The structure of the book should have been a series of articles, clearly that is the author's talent.
Instead he wanted to write a book and thus walked away from his best skill. It meanders and fails to make points, instead drawing things on and on.
It is great if you want to read little sections and feel inspired to go out there and find or build a great workplace, but it is difficult to sit down with this book, it is like trying to have a long, meaningful conversation with someone who has ADD.
It has great examples and lovely research, I just wish the author had more respect for his own talent and didn't ignore it trying to be good at something else. That does seem especially odd since the book is about people learning to focus on what they do best.
At the moment so many companies run their business using worn out traditional ideas that were invented 200 years ago for a different time. They don't work today.The evidence includes (1) 70% of employees are disengaged from their jobs (Gallup) and (2) most customers are dissatisfied their experience with companies (Bain: 80% of companies thought they were delivering a super product/customer experience but when the customers were asked to grade the companies, only 8% were happy with this.)
Despite the evidence, most small companies today look to see how the big companies do it. Business schools and many business books are still focused on the old way of doing business. The investor community is focused on finding gems that they can grow quickly to sell off. (Look in the mirror: Angels need 28 investments just to breakeven and about 90% of VC groups go out of business.)
I am sick of this fast food approach to business.
I am looking for new role models and Small Giants delivered. It explored how several smaller companies I had not heard of that have figured out how to create companies with meaning and emotional impact for both customers and employees as well as their community. These companies understand company design and entrepreneurs have an important role in this design throughout the company's evolution -- entrepreneurs should not to be discarded once the company reaches the scaleup tipping point. I like that the author helps the reader understand how the entrepreneur thinks at different stages of the company's growth and how they overcame their challenges.
I am an entrepreneur and I am looking to grow my company by listening to my own voice. Doing business using the traditional ways of thinking is not good enough and doing my own thing takes courage and new insights. I became an entrepreneur so I could stand on my own feet and change the world and people's lives in some good way. Entrepreneurship is my art. Little Giants are companies like the one I am building and can be proud of. When you think you are all alone, these companies give you proof and some comfort that you are not.
To the author, Bo Burlingham, please find more Small Giants and write another book. We need more examples and ideas. The way Small Giants do business is the future.
I highly recommend this book if you are trying to figure out whether bigger is better? And the validation that small is the new big.
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