Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't (Rockefeller Habits 2.0)

Verne Harnish
It's been over a decade since Verne Harnish's best-selling book Mastering the Rockefeller Habits was first released. Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't is the first major revision of this business classic. In Scaling Up, Harnish and his team share practical tools and techniques for building an industry-dominating business. These approaches have been honed from over three decades of advising tens of thousands of CEOs and executives and helping them navigate the increasing complexities (and weight) that come with scaling up a venture. This book is written so everyone -- from frontline employees to senior executives -- can get aligned in contributing to the growth of a firm. There's no reason to do it alone, yet many top leaders feel like they are the ones dragging the rest of the organization up the S-curve of growth. The goal of this book is to help you turn what feels like an anchor into wind at your back -- creating a company where the team is engaged; the customers are doing your marketing; and everyone is making money. To accomplish this, Scaling Up focuses on the four major decision areas every company must get right: People, Strategy, Execution, and Cash. The book includes a series of new one-page tools including the updated One-Page Strategic Plan and the Rockefeller Habits ChecklistTM, which more than 40,000 firms around the globe have used to scale their companies successfully -- many to $1 billion and beyond. Running a business is ultimately about freedom. Scaling Up shows business leaders how to get their organizations moving in sync to create something significant and enjoy the ride.


Reviewed: 2019-11-23
Praktisch boek met handige tools en schema’s om gefocust te werken aan de belangrijkste elementen van je bedrijf: mensen, strategie, uitvoering en cash. Het volledig te implementeren van alle werksheets lijkt een flinke klus (erg uitgebreid en compleet), maar er zitten genoeg elementen in die je eruit kunt halen en morgen al iets mee kunt.
Reviewed: 2019-05-31

I am not really sure how this book ended up on my reading list. If I had to do it over again, I would have skipped it. For one thing, it's not very orginal. Each chapter essentially rehashes certain ideas and concepts from various management consultant... things like the balanced scorecard, core compentancies, Dupont financial formulas, etc. It also follows Rockefeller 2.0 business practices, which gives the book a bit of a sales feeling. That said, the content of the book seems sound enough. But to really follow everything receommended in the book would not only be burdensome, it would requiring signing up for consulting and insstruction from the organization with which the author is affiliated. 

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