The tortoise and the hare--not to mention a popular '60s-era adage--warned us that Speed Kills. Not so fast, contend Jason Jennings and Laurence Haughton, international consultants who have worked together since 1976. In It's Not the Big That Eat the Small... It's the Fast That Eat the Slow
, the two argue that only the swiftest of corporations will thrive in the 21st century. They then outline a program, based on best practices developed by contemporary speedsters like Charles Schwab and AOL that readers can work into their own businesses by similarly focusing on "commerce, resource deployment, and people." Its four parts examine ways to create environments that anticipate the future, reassess operations and personnel and make appropriate adjustments whenever necessary, launch a "crusade" while "staying beneath the radar," and maintain velocity through institutionalization and close customer relationships. "This book will show you how to think and move faster than your competition," they write, adding that "being faster doesn't mean being out of breath. It means being smarter." Many of their suggestions will be familiar to those who follow the business of business improvement, but the singular (and quite convincing) context to which Jennings and Haughton now apply them help make this book unique. --Howard Rothman
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"Nuggets of new information. Smart observations. Keen insights. The authors over deliver on their promise on distilling what makes the best companies operate."-- Kraig T. Kitchin, Premiere Radio Networks?This book is jammed with tactics for eliminating Speedbumps along the road to changing the world.?-- Guy Kawasaki, CEO of Garage.com, and author of "Rules for Revolutionaries""Jennings and Haughton offer a war chest jammed full of powerful tactics for anyone wanting to leave the competition eating dust."-- Ray Schonbak, Senior Vice President, Benedek Broadcasting Corporation?Well done?a creatively different analysis and a remarkably enjoyable read!?-- Terry Pearce, author of "Leading Out Loud" and co-author of "Clicks and Mortar""Bursting with lengthy anecdotes...(a) compelling examination of business competition..."-- "Publisher's Weekly""From a pair of California-based consultants, the terrific title says it all and gets a star in the process."-- "The Standard"[A] peppy, engaging business book."-- "USA Today
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