Leading at the Speed of Growth

Leading at the Speed of Growth : Journey from Entrepreneur to CEO

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Learn how to take your company to the next level of growth through the stories of over 500 successful entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, this flagship book introduces a new series on managing growth. The authors expertly guide you through the three stages of entrepreneurial growth: initial growth, rapid growth, and continuous growth. Personal stories told by successful entrepreneurs reveal the hows and whys of evolving as a leader at each stage, identifying red flags, vital signs, and secrets of sustained growth. Become a dynamic leader by using this book as your roadmap to entrepreneurial success.
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  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0764553666
  • 9780764553660
  • 529,227

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"The ultimate road guide for current and aspiring high-growthentrepreneurs." -Mark D. Gordon, CEO, Synergy Networks, Inc. Forevery Bill Gates or Michael Dell, there are hundreds ofentrepreneurs who fail to lead their companies from promisingstart-up to dominant industry player. How do you avoid gettingtripped up-and keep your company on the road to success? This bookprovides the answers. Drawing on the resources of the KauffmanCenter for Entrepreneurial Leadership as well as insights from morethan 500 successful entrepreneurs, authors Katherine Catlin andJana Matthews guide you through the three stages of entrepreneurialgrowth-and explain how you must evolve as a leader at each stage toensure continuing success:
* Initial Growth, the first stage after Start-up, when you need tochange from a Doer and a Decision Maker to a Delegator andDirection Setter
* Rapid Growth, the stage when you strive to become a marketleader-and need to change yourself into a Team Builder, a Coach, aPlanner, and a Communicator
* Continuous Growth, the stage when you need to explore new avenuesfor growth-and transform yourself into a Change Catalyst, anOrganization Builder, a Strategic Innovator, and the Chief ofCulture
Interspersing incisive anecdotes and observations from successfulCEOs, Catlin and Matthews show you how to navigate each stage ofgrowth successfully. They identify the "red flags" that indicatethat it's time to change your leadership style. They describe thepersonal changes you need to make and pinpoint the dangers thatcome with inaction. And they explain in detail what each newleadership role means- and how it will help take your company tothe next level. www.hungryminds.com
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Acclaim for Leading at the Speed of Growth, Your Journey fromEntrepreneur to CEO
"The learning that my team and I had from our discussion of the'Evolution of the CEO' chart in this book was so important that Ikeep it on my office wall." -Jeff Taylor, CEO and FoundingEntrepreneur, Monster.com

"There are books about starting a company but they tend to dealwith the mechanics of business plans and financing. Then there arebooks about 'how to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.' This isthe first book I've seen that details the role of the CEO of asmall but growing company." -Brad Feld, Partner, Softbank VentureCapital

"As a seasoned and veteran entrepreneur, my tendency has been torepeat in one version or another the same mistakes. This bookprovides a reminder of what not to forget in the heat of thebattle." -John Heron, Heron Gustafson & Co., LLC

"Leading at the Speed of Growth is to entrepreneurial leadershipwhat Geoff Moore's Crossing the Chasm was to high tech marketing."-Tom Byers, Professor, Stanford University

"Matthews and Catlin do the entrepreneurial process a great servicewith this book. Their single greatest contribution is the very ideathat an entrepreneur can evolve through predictable stages tobecome a superb manager, leader and company builder." -Jim Collins, coauthor of Built to Last Kauffman Center for EntrepreneurialLeadership at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Inspired by his passion to provide opportunity for otherentrepreneurs, Ewing Marion Kauffman launched the Kauffman Centerfor Entrepreneurial Leadership in 1992. Funded by the Ewing MarionKauffman Foundation, a $2 billion not-for-profit organization, theCenter is the largest organization focused solely onentrepreneurial success at all levels-from elementary students tohigh-growth entrepreneurs. Kauffman Center educational programs, initiatives, and partnerships are aimed at helping youth, collegestudents, and adults who want to learn more about entrepreneurshipand growing their companies. Other books in the Kauffman CenterSeries for Managing Growth: Building the Awesome Organization andFast Forward Planning. For information visit: www.entreworld.organd www.hungryminds.com
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Table of contents

List of Illustrations.



1. The Challenge of Growth.

2. Initial Growth.

3. Rapid Growth.

4. Continuous Growth.

5. Keeping It All in Perspective.

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About Jana B. Matthews

Katherine Catlin has helped CEOs and their executive teams manage the challenges of fast-paced growth for the past 15 years. Founding partner of the Catlin Group, a consulting firm in Hingham, Massachusetts, that works with entrepreneurial companies nationwide, she created and leads High Growth CEO Forums where CEOs regularly meet to exchange ideas, challenges, and best practices for growth. Catlin also developed Building the Profit Spiral, a proven growth-planning process, and established a Web site for CEOs, www.ceoexchange.com, that provides ideas and information on growth issues.

Jana Matthews left her own company in 1993 and joined the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership to research, design, and develop programs that would help entrepreneurs grow their companies. Working with the Young Entrepreneurs' Organization (YEO) and other successful entrepreneurs, she and her team created CD-ROMs, Kauffman Gatherings of Entrepreneurs, materials for www.entreworld.org, and Web-casts. Author of several books, Matthews has founded three companies, including Boulder Quantum Ventures. In her spare time she fly-fishes in New Zealand.
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