Bread and Butter: What a Bunch of Bakers Taught Me About Business and Happiness

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Macmillan, Jun 9, 2001 - Business & Economics - 187 pages
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Bread and Butter is a book with three parts: First, it's the story of the birth of an extraordinarily successful kind of business called a "freedom franchise": Great Harvest Bread Co., which began as one bakery 25 years ago, is now a $60-million-a-year company with 140 stores in 40 states.

Second, it's the story of one employee's success--the author, Tom McMakin, who was looking for a job and found a lifestyle. McMakin's immersion into Great Harvest is a model for modern entrepreneurship and an inspiration in this age of failed dot-coms and dissatisfied young employees.

Third, McMakin uses GH's experience to provide advice for everyone from dreamers starting their own multi-million-dollar companies to small-business owners to someone who doesn't know what she wants to do. Things like: creating a "learning community" using email and an extranet; operating without loans, relying instead on profits for reinvesting in the company; GH's "40-hour" rule so no one works more than 40 hours a week; and more. Bread and Butter can help you discover how, instead of living your life in service to the business, you can create a business in service of your life.
 

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Contents

1 Diary of a New Store Opening
1
2 Homeward Bound
10
3 The Right Stuff
16
4 Guiding Values
29
5 Facing Crisis
39
6 Building Freedom into the Business
47
7 The Tipi Principle
58
8 Attracting Great People
71
10 Being the Best at One Thing
96
11 Small Town Generosity
105
12 Leadership in a Networked World
115
13 Committing
132
14 Newsletter 46
140
15 A Different Bottom Line
160
16 The Secret Recipe
172
Afterword
181

9 Its the Wheat
85

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About the author (2001)

Tom McMakin began as newsletter editor at Great Harvest Bread Co. several years ago and is now COO. He lives in Dillon, Montana.

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