Building the Awesome Organization: Six Essential Components that Drive Entrepreneurial Growth

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"One of the most practical guides to the nuts and bolts of building an organization that I have ever read." —Patrick Lencioni, Author of The Five Temptations of a CEO An awesome organization is what every business aspires to be: profitable, growth-oriented—the kind of company where the most talented people want to work. But how do you build an awesome organization? This book provides the answers. Drawing on the resources of the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and more than 500 successful entrepreneurs, authors Katherine Catlin and

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Overview

"One of the most practical guides to the nuts and bolts of building an organization that I have ever read." —Patrick Lencioni, Author of The Five Temptations of a CEO An awesome organization is what every business aspires to be: profitable, growth-oriented—the kind of company where the most talented people want to work. But how do you build an awesome organization? This book provides the answers. Drawing on the resources of the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and more than 500 successful entrepreneurs, authors Katherine Catlin and Jana Matthews explain how to assess the overall health of your company with an overview quiz. Then, they detail the six components you need to develop in order to create an awesome organization— and show you, step-by-step, how to implement them in your company. You'll find out how to:

  • Develop an innovative culture for growth—an empowering, motivating environment that attracts awesome people
  • Hire and retain awesome people whose know-how, skills, insight, imagination, and ideas give your company a competitive edge
  • Create your plan for growth—a written, yet flexible, blueprint that defines requirements for growth and innovation
  • Prime your top team for growth by making sure they all share the company vision and understand their leadership roles
  • Establish your infrastructure for growth with the right organizational structure and three key sets of processes
  • Become the awesome leader of growth by communicating a sense of purpose and aligning people with the mission, vision, and values
Complete with detailed SCANs (quizzes) to help you benchmark your company's performance and real-life stories of what successful CEOs did to build their companies, as well as action plans and lists of "Red Flags" and "Vital Signs," Building the Awesome Organization is your indispensable road map for entrepreneurial growth.www.hungryminds.com
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Meet the Author

For the past 15 years, Katherine Catlin has helped CEOs and their executive teams manage the challenges of fast-paced growth. She is the founding partner of The Catlin Group, a consulting firm that works with entrepreneurial companies nationwide.

Jana Matthews is president and CEO ofBoulder Quantum Ventures, a firm that helps CEOs and their top teams unlock their company's growth potential. Matthews was the architect of many high-growth programs at the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

The Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Launched in 1992 by Ewing Marion Kauffman to provide opportunity for other entrepreneurs, the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is the largest organization focused solely on entrepreneurial success at all levels. Funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, the Center offers educational programs, initiatives, and partnerships aimed at helping youth, college students and adults who want to learn more about entrepreneurship and growing their companies.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Acknowledgments.

1. Why Build an Awesome Organization?

2. Take the Quiz: How Awesome Is Your Organization?

3. Develop an Innovative Culture for Growth.

4. Attract Awesome People for Growth.

5. Retain Awesome People for Growth.

6. Create Your Plan for Growth.

7. Prime Your Top Team for Growth.

8. Establish Your Infrastructure for Growth.

9. Become the Awesome Leader of Growth.

10. In the End, It's Up to You.

Appendix A: Glossary of Growth and Organization-Building Terms.

Appendix B: Stages of Growth and the Leader's Roles.

Appendix C: Creating a Core Values Statement for Growth.

Appendix D: Model for Creative Problem Solving.

Appendix E: Examples of Mission, Values, and Vision Statements.

Appendix F: Helping Build Your Company's Profit Spiral?(TM).

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    Great Guide To Jump Start Growth In An Existing Business

    In the maze of business self-help books, Catlin and Matthews have created a clear and simple blueprint to quickly identify the missing components and positive changes for exisiting businesses. The format is easy to read especially for the busy small business owner! The BAO testing was the eye opener that redirected our focus and put us back on the successful path! Thank you for putting the 'awesome' back in our business!!

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