Four Seasons: The Story of a Business Philosophy

Four Seasons: The Story of a Business Philosophy

by Isadore Sharp
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Four Seasons: The Story of a Business Philosophy by Isadore Sharp

The founder of Four Seasons Hotels shares the philosophy and values that have made his legendary brand

How did a child of immigrants, starting with no background in the hotel business, create the world's most admired and successful hotel chain? And how has Four Seasons grown dramatically, over nearly a half century, without losing its focus on exceptional quality and unparalleled service?

Isadore Sharp answers these questions in his engaging memoir, which doubles as a powerful guide for leaders in any field. He recalls the surprising history of his company, starting with its roots in his father's small construction business, which Sharp joined after getting a degree in architecture. Shifting into hotels wasn't easy, and he learned by trial and error.

His breakthrough was a vision for a new kind of hotel, featuring superior design, top-quality amenities, and, above all, a deep commitment to service. Sharp realized that customers would gladly pay extra for a "home away from home" experience. But that would be possible only if everyone-from managers and supervisors to bellmen, servers, and housekeepers-was fully engaged. The front-line staff, who have the most contact with guests, can make or break a five-star reputation.

Readers will be fascinated to learn how Four Seasons does it, year after year, in more than thirty countries around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101046234
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/30/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,143,487
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Isadore Sharp is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels, Inc. He opened the first Four Seasons in Toronto in 1961, and the company now operates eighty-two luxury hotels and resorts around the world, with more than forty additional properties under development. He and his wife, Rosalie, are prominent philanthropists. They divide their time between Toronto and Palm Springs, California.

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Four Seasons : The Story of a Business Philosophy 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
TheAgencyReview More than 1 year ago
Isadore Sharp’s book Four Seasons: The Story of a Business Philosophy is typical of the problems with many “CEO memoir/business books”. For Mr. Sharp has three distinct stories to tell. First, there’s his personal story. The heartwarming tale of the plucky Toronto Jew who rose from being a day-laborer on his immigrant father’s building crews to running the most respected hospitality business on the planet. It’s a story that Horatio Alger would respect. Then there’s the history of the hospitality business itself. How Four Seasons, which began as little more than a motorlodge in downtown Toronto in 1960, leapfrogged goliaths like Hilton to become the non plus ultra in the hotel business. Where the richest and wealthiest on virtually every continent relax (it should be noted that there is not a Four Seasons on Antarctica. Yet.) And lastly, there’s the story of Four Seasons unique business model. The fact that in 1974 it (to read the rest of this review, please visit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the relationship between creating and running a business and value systems. Mr. Sharpe's lessons and principles apply to all businesses and enterprises.
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