Profits Aren't Everything, They're the Only Thing: No-Nonsense Rules from the Ultimate Contrarian and Small Business Guru by George Cloutier, Audiobook (CD) | Barnes & Noble
Profits Aren't Everything, They're the Only Thing: No-Nonsense Rules from the Ultimate Contrarian and Small Business Guru

Profits Aren't Everything, They're the Only Thing: No-Nonsense Rules from the Ultimate Contrarian and Small Business Guru

by George Cloutier, Samantha Marshall, Erik Synnestvedt
     
 

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When small- and medium-sized business owners first hear George Cloutier's rules for doing business, they often think he's a madman. His controversial rules-rules that aren't taught at Harvard Business School-include:-The best family business has one member.-Weekends are for working, not playing golf or coaching.-Never pay your vendors on time.-Wear your control

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When small- and medium-sized business owners first hear George Cloutier's rules for doing business, they often think he's a madman. His controversial rules-rules that aren't taught at Harvard Business School-include:-The best family business has one member.-Weekends are for working, not playing golf or coaching.-Never pay your vendors on time.-Wear your control freak badge with pride.-Quit denial: if your business is failing during a recession, it's your fault.As the founder and CEO of American Management Services, Cloutier has spent over thirty years guiding business owners through the tough choices that line the road to profitability. He and his company have worked with more than six thousand companies, averting certain ruin for some and generating seemingly impossible growth and profitability for others.Cloutier graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School, but the lessons in this book aren't from there. Unlike his classmates, most of whom headed straight to Wall Street, Cloutier has been on the docks at two in the morning counting heads of lettuce for food distributors to make sure nothing would disappear without a waybill. He's spent long overnight hours in truck stops, making sure sticky fingers stayed out of the tills. Cloutier and his colleagues at American Management Services become personal pit bulls to the CEOs who hire them, doing whatever it takes to bring their clients' businesses back into long-term profitability.Profits Aren't Everything, They're the Only Thing is the long-overdue wake-up call for 23 million small and midsize business owners across America. This book serves up the hard-boiled, unadulterated truth to aspiring and established entrepreneurs, without apologies. Cloutier's no-nonsense advice may be hard to hear at times, but it works.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book can turn your business around—if you have the guts to follow it." —John Resnick, creator and host, Legends of Success with John Resnick
Tom Cochran
“George Cloutier’s new book is based on his experience with thousands of small businesses in hundreds of industries. It is a candid, “tell it as it really is,” hard-hitting book… A must read for all small and midsized business owners.”
Booklist
“Packed with client examples and a no-nonsense attitude. Many of his regulations will amaze, shock, and awe small-business owners... Harsh ways to work? Yes, yet all his principles are founded on a success that’s hard to argue with.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400145263
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2009
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Tom Cochran
“George Cloutier’s new book is based on his experience with thousands of small businesses in hundreds of industries. It is a candid, “tell it as it really is,” hard-hitting book… A must read for all small and midsized business owners.”
From the Publisher
"This book can turn your business around—-if you have the guts to follow it." —-John Resnick, creator and host, Legends of Success with John Resnick

Meet the Author

Samantha Marshall is a senior staff reporter for Crain's New York Business and coauthor of Make It Happen, with Kevin Liles.

Actor Erik Synnestvedt has recorded nearly two hundred audiobooks, including The Day We Found the Universe by Marcia Bartusiak and Twitter Power by Joel Comm.

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