Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big

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Penguin, Mar 27, 2007 - Business & Economics - 268 pages
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How maverick companies have passed up the growth treadmill — and focused on greatness instead.

It’s an axiom of business that great companies grow their revenues and profits year after year. Yet quietly, under the radar, a small number of companies have rejected the pressure of endless growth to focus on more satisfying business goals. Goals like being great at what they do . . . creating a great place to work . . . providing great customer service . . . making great contributions to their communities . . . and finding great ways to lead their lives.

In Small Giants, veteran journalist Bo Burlingham takes us deep inside fourteen remarkable companies that have chosen to march to their own drummer. They include Anchor Brewing, the original microbrewer; CitiStorage Inc., the premier independent records-storage business; Clif Bar & Co., maker of organic energy bars and other nutrition foods; Righteous Babe Records, the record company founded by singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco; Union Square Hospitality Group, the company of restaurateur Danny Meyer; and Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, including the world-famous Zingerman’s Deli of Ann Arbor.

Burlingham shows how the leaders of these small giants recognized the full range of choices they had about the type of company they could create. And he shows how we can all benefit by questioning the usual definitions of business success. In his new afterward, Burlingham reflects on the similarities and learning lessons from the small giants he covers in the book.

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User Review  - Michelle Acker - Goodreads

Loved it. Bigger does not always equal better, and this is a message we need more of in our world. Great business book! Read full review

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User Review  - Adam Wiggins - Goodreads

Love the concept of "mojo" applied to businesses, and how to grow smart instead of growth for growth's sake. Read full review

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JACK STACK is President and CEO of SRC Holding Corporation, an employee-owned company that supplies remanufactured engines to the transportation industries. He lives in Springfield, Missouri. BO BURLINGHAM is an editor-at-large of "Inc," magazine and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They are the authors of the bestseller "The Great Game of Business,"

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