Think Big, Act Small: How America's Best Performing Companies Keep the Start-up Spirit Alive

Think Big, Act Small: How America's Best Performing Companies Keep the Start-up Spirit Alive

by Jason Jennings


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591843931
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2012
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 557,769
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jason Jennings is the bestselling author of four highly acclaimed leadership and management books—Hit the Ground Running; Think Big, Act Small; Less Is More; and It’s Not the Big That Eat the Small . . . It’s the Fast That Eat the Slow. USA Today called him one of the three most in-demand business speakers in the world.


Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition ix

Introduction: The Holy Grail for Growth xiii

Section 1 Think Big 1

Section 2 The Building Blocks 9

1 Down to Earth 11

2 Keep Your Hands Dirty: SAS Institute 28

3 Make Short-Term Goals and Long-Term Horizons: Sonic Drive-In 44

4 Let Go: Cabela's 61

5 Have Everyone Think and Act Like the Owner: Koch Industries 81

6 Invent New Businesses: Dot Foods 105

7 Create Win-Win Solutions: Medline Industries 126

8 Play Your Own Game: PETCO Animal Supplies 146

9 Build Communities: Strayer Education 168

10 Grow Future Leaders: O'Reilly Automotive 187

Section 3 The Quad: A Self-Evaluation and Ranking 209

Section 4 The Research: Eating an Elephant 225

Section 5 Charts 243

Conclusion by Brain Solon, lead researcher 253

Acknowledgments 257

Index 267

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“Jennings has laid it out for you, Mr./Mrs. Corporate Executive. Now do you have the guts to implement what he says? This book is in the same class as Good to Great. I wish I had written it.” —Guy Kawasaki, author of Enchantment and The Art of the Start

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