For my purposes, this is "Growing a Company " and most probably has its place as a road map of the journey from entrepreneur to CEO for the first-time or leadership-challenged entrepreneur. Those who have extensive business leadership experience across several situations will find this unfulfilling.
Those who are new to entrepreneurial leadership or having trouble with transitions may find this extremely useful. If you are leading a fast growing company you have to read this book.
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It is the first book I've found that clearly lays out the role of the CEO of a growing company. Your role changes as your company grows. This book helps you recognize when it is time to change and helps you understand what is required of you as a leader of a growing company. Many people would say that entrepreneurs are great at starting companies but there is a time when they have to step aside and let people who know how to run companies take over. Yet some of the greatest companies of our time have had their founders as leaders well past the start up phase.
Leading at the Speed of Growth may help you create the next great company. It will certainly help you understand the transitions that a company and its leader goes through as it grows. What a great book. When I first rec'd it, I was a bit disappointed about how thin it was I guess I didn't see how many pages it was when I ordered it , but it makes up for it by being packed full of tremendously useful stories and strategies.
I can't wait to get the 2nd in the series. Unfortunately, it appears they stopped at 2.
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This book just seemed to explain and answer what I could have done better and faster as I grew my business. I really liked the explanations of changing roles and responsibilities for the leader as the business grows. I regret not having this information earlier in my business career. A very good read for start up entrepeneurs to lead them into the processes and changes required to put structure and rigour into building a sustainable and lasting business. In today's fast-paced world, CEOs have the toughest job of all.
While it's both exciting and rewarding, it can also be extraordinarily challenging. Where do CEOs turn for guidance? Katherine Catlin, a speaker at the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, has provided an excellent roadmap for the CEOs from the time of the founding of the corporation to the growth of hundreds of employees and more. Don't expect a lengthy and detailed theory. This book is just a small guide that you will be able to read quickly and further use as a collection of hints.
You can skim it every few months during your CEO tenure and each time you will find something new and actual for your position. The author addresses the full range of growth issues, including helping the CEO clarify vision and values and define the company's strategic and annual plans, while building the executive team, infrastructure, management process, and cultural environment critical to achieving aggressive growth strategies.
In Katherine Catlin created "Building the Profit Spiral", a growth-planning process that guides CEOs in producing winning growth strategies, avoiding typical pitfalls, building a cohesive management team, and establishing processes for gaining company-wide alignment and commitment to implementation of growth goals.
This book borrows much from "Building the Profit Spiral". Besides that, the author also developed the "CEO Performance Evaluator" based upon her experience in helping CEOs define the critical responsibilities of an effective leader in growing organizations. See all 17 reviews.
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It describes the personal changes you need to make and pinpoints the dangers that come with inaction. And it explains — in detail — what each new leadership role means This book provides a reminder of what not to forget in the heat of the battle. Read it before you red-line your company! Your role changes as your company grows. This book helps you recognize when it is time to change and helps you understand what is required of you as a leader of a growing company. Many people would say that entrepreneurs are great at starting companies but there is a time when they have to step aside and let people who know how to run companies take over.
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Yet some of the greatest companies of our time have had their founders as leaders well past the start-up phase. Leading at the Speed of Growth may help you create the next great company. It will certainly help you understand the transitions that a company and its leader goes through as it grows. Leaders looking to build a company to last — and plan on being around to see it — will want to buy this book, to help in their own understanding of the stages of company growth that are clearly profiled from the insights and quotes of real-life entrepreneurs.
Catlin and Matthews do a good job in tying down the three stages of entrepreneurial development initial, rapid, and continuous with anecdotes of successful entrepreneurs. This book has a pearl of wisdom for every entrepreneur.
I found myself relating to the stories and learning from the insights that fill every chapter of the book. This is the kind of book that I expect to reread several times. I am sure that each reading will provide new insights. As an entrepreneur myself, I commend Catlin and Matthews for their great work. This book is truly written by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.
This book is MUST reading for any entrepreneur.
Does the company really know where to focus if there is no vision and plan for the company? This book illuminates the underlying bottlenecks to growth and alignment within a fast-growing company.