It's been over a decade since Verne Harnish's best-selling book Mastering the Rockefeller Habits was first released. Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't is the first major revision of this business classic. In Scaling Up, Harnish and his team share practical tools and techniques for building an industry-dominating business. These approaches have been honed from over three decades of advising tens of thousands of CEOs and executives and helping them navigate the increasing complexities (and weight) that come with scaling up a venture.
This book is written so everyone - from front line employees to senior executives - can get aligned in contributing to the growth of a firm. There's no reason to do it alone, yet many top leaders feel like they are the ones dragging the rest of the organization up the S-curve of growth. The goal of this book is to help you turn what feels like an anchor into wind at your back - creating a company where the team is engaged; the customers are doing your marketing; and everyone is making money. To accomplish this, Scaling Up focuses on the four major decision areas every company must get right: People, Strategy, Execution, and Cash.
The book includes a series of new one-page tools including the updated One-Page Strategic Plan and the Rockefeller Habits ChecklistTM, which more than 40,000 firms around the globe have used to scale their companies successfully - many to $1 billion and beyond. Running a business is ultimately about freedom. Scaling Up shows business leaders how to get their organizations moving in sync to create something significant and enjoy the ride. Bonus material for Scaling Up may be found at www.ScalingUp.com.
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Its simplicity to follow and how easy to use some of the tools provided in the book and online.
as its not a story book its not really the question - the logical way its presented that makes it easy to follow and use
nothing really ...
Good to listen audio, however I recommend to buy also a paper copy. It would enable more systematic implementation of the advices from this book and better clarification of described concepts. If you want to buy only one version, then choose only a paper copy.
very easy to get into, offering recognisable situations with real world examples. would highly recommend for any business professional
"Just what the doctor ordered"
I will have to listen again but this time with a pen and paper ready to take notes.
This is the perfect book for business owners that have gotten over the "start-up" hurdle and are beginning to enjoy some success. It really gets specific on how to carefully grow your company as to avoid some common pitfalls...mainly running out of CASH!!! I have seen our company sales growing rapidly but could not figure out where all the cash was going. This book hit me right in the face! My problem was not sales it was cash flow!!! I now have several specific action items I went to work on immediately.
"Literally Useless | No Way 5 Star Reviews are real"
This book is literally Useless. It has no meat. No real advice. It's filled with a string of unconnected thoughts, thin metaphors and anecdotal stories that barely scratch the surface of any real business issue. It's filled with useless phrases like "the first rule of money management is don't run out of money" and then it moves on to a completely separate thought like "business is like climbing everest...". It feels like it was written by a high school student. It's SOOO Bad.
I wish he had done some first hand research, and/or had some first hand experience in business. It sounds like he's just regurgitating things he's heard from amateur entrepreneurs.
Performance was fine, content was mind-numbingly awful
The first 3 chapters were literally Useless. The rest of the book was maybe 90% useless (if I'm totally honest)
Normally the reviews you find on audible are fairly reliable, but there is literally no possible way that the 5 Star Reviews on this book are real. They have to be faked becuase this book is seriously useless. The only way those 5 Star Reviews could be real is if they all came from people who have zero actual experience running a business and instead they thrive on pep-talks and spend their days dreaming about "one day I'll start a business..." but if you want real help scaling up a business, stay away from this book, you'll find nothing useful here.
"Starts The Juices Flowing"
This book is good to get your brain thinking about the right way to do things/change things.
Not super in-depth about any one particular item; but covers a lot of different aspects that will now require further study and implementation.
"Confusing narration but great content"
The overall content was great. Narration style was difficult to follow due to too frequent accentuation.
"Good advice but too much advertising for Gazelles"
It has very practical, actionable advice but there are way too many plugs for his business. At the end one is left wondering if the intent was really to help entrepreneurs or to generate opportunities for his consulting group.
"Might be good, can't get past naration"
Sure, as long as there is a different narator
Couldn't get past the naration
Hiring a human to narrate the book.
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The narrator has this weird cadence, he starts low, goes high, then goes low again, long pause at each period, than starts again on the next sentence. The whole thing feels like he is reading a bullet point list, it is very taxing to listen to.
"The Holy grail of business strategy/scaling"
This is a book that I will hold onto for the rest of my life. It's filled with actionable steps and helps break the overwhelming concept of systematically scaling up a business into bite size chunks. Highly recommended.
"It's good – but mostly for large companies"
It's a good book. Dense and full of wisdom. Highly practical too – lots of worksheets to fill out.
It's mostly for companies 7-10 employees and up though. I can't help but wonder why there aren't more books written, targeting the solopreneurial startup phase: from 1 (you) to those 2-3 employees and up to the 8-12 employees where books like this one can take over, offering helpful advice for those stages.
Yes, there are plenty startup books with advice on how to select the best team members – but few that talk about the dangers of taking in/on those initial few employees: cashflow-wise, it can be a huge killer to any little business.
When should one hire the first employee – and what signs and pitfalls should one look for, in times of distress (bad cashflow for example)... And should one even hire ANY employees at all? Or rather find a solid business partner and a mentor, essentially making it a small company of three?What are the pros and cons of such a constellation?
Again: very few books seem to target this market and those vital questions. Without first finding the answers to them, and the challenges they represent; there's little need for a book like Scaling Up – many of us just aren't there yet.
"Impressive amount of information"
There is a lot of details here, so I had to buy the book. It is pretty easy to follow until the finance chapter which went way too quickly to absorb much. But feeling good about the reading the book and eager to put some of this into practice.
"The information is good, but it's wrapped with so"
It's wrapped with so much sales pitch that almost every two minutes you feel like stopping.
Good intention, awful execution, this book could have been so much better had they not made into a huge sales pitch.
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