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How To Maintain Positive Performance Through Your Company's Ups And Downs In this book, author Brent R. Tilson brings to life the classic challenge that all business leaders face as they push their businesses through the conflict of growth and business capability, often referred to as the S-curve life cycle. Through a fable drawn from his work with hundreds of businesses How To Maintain Positive Performance Through Your Company's Ups And Downs In this book, author Brent R. Tilson brings to life the classic challenge that all business leaders face as they push their businesses through the conflict of growth and business capability, often referred to as the S-curve life cycle. Through a fable drawn from his work with hundreds of businesses over twenty-five years of experience, he creates a case study that will take you, along with the characters Frank and Susan, on a journey of self-discovery. The practical tools, methodologies, and advice are thought provoking yet simple. Brent’s innovative use of a business’s “Lifeline,” combined with his “Quad 4” methodology, helps leaders gain an understanding of how their business is performing today, and creates a road map for the future. Financial statements give leaders only a rearview-mirror look at a company’s performance. The key is to have the information to look forward―through the “dashboard” showing where the company is going. In this book, Brent presents tools for leaders to zero in on the critical numbers and measurements they need to monitor. Some of the key issues he addresses are: •Is the company in the Driving Zone or Drama Zone? •Is revenue per employee growing? •What is the return on investment the company is getting from its employees? • What will put the company out of business? •Is the company outperforming the competition? The key is to Go Slow and truly understand the business’s current capability; then you can make the necessary changes, adjustments, and improvements to prepare for the future―and get ready to Grow Fast.


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How To Maintain Positive Performance Through Your Company's Ups And Downs In this book, author Brent R. Tilson brings to life the classic challenge that all business leaders face as they push their businesses through the conflict of growth and business capability, often referred to as the S-curve life cycle. Through a fable drawn from his work with hundreds of businesses How To Maintain Positive Performance Through Your Company's Ups And Downs In this book, author Brent R. Tilson brings to life the classic challenge that all business leaders face as they push their businesses through the conflict of growth and business capability, often referred to as the S-curve life cycle. Through a fable drawn from his work with hundreds of businesses over twenty-five years of experience, he creates a case study that will take you, along with the characters Frank and Susan, on a journey of self-discovery. The practical tools, methodologies, and advice are thought provoking yet simple. Brent’s innovative use of a business’s “Lifeline,” combined with his “Quad 4” methodology, helps leaders gain an understanding of how their business is performing today, and creates a road map for the future. Financial statements give leaders only a rearview-mirror look at a company’s performance. The key is to have the information to look forward―through the “dashboard” showing where the company is going. In this book, Brent presents tools for leaders to zero in on the critical numbers and measurements they need to monitor. Some of the key issues he addresses are: •Is the company in the Driving Zone or Drama Zone? •Is revenue per employee growing? •What is the return on investment the company is getting from its employees? • What will put the company out of business? •Is the company outperforming the competition? The key is to Go Slow and truly understand the business’s current capability; then you can make the necessary changes, adjustments, and improvements to prepare for the future―and get ready to Grow Fast.

39 review for Go Slow To Grow Fast: How to Keep Your Company Driving And Thriving In A Fast-Paced, Competitive Business World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Grady

    ‘Decisiveness and impactful engagement - the drivers of executive success.’ Author Brent R. Tilson earned his CPA and in researching the challenges entrepreneurs face he became the founder and CEO of Tilson HR, a national professional employer organization providing a comprehensive suite of business solutions to help businesses grow and thrive. As such, he has been a champion for small businesses and entrepreneurs. During his tenure as chairman of the National Association of Professional Employer ‘Decisiveness and impactful engagement - the drivers of executive success.’ Author Brent R. Tilson earned his CPA and in researching the challenges entrepreneurs face he became the founder and CEO of Tilson HR, a national professional employer organization providing a comprehensive suite of business solutions to help businesses grow and thrive. As such, he has been a champion for small businesses and entrepreneurs. During his tenure as chairman of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO), he was at the helm for the watershed passage of federal legislation for the industry. He is also the president of his town’s Redevelopment Commission, leading the way to make his community a better place to work, live, and play. In Brent’s direct style of presentation he states, ‘This book is a culmination of my years of working with entrepreneurs and the organizational issues they face as they try to balance financial and operational success. Along the way, I developed the Quad 4 business model to provide entrepreneurs the guidance to create high-performance businesses that align both finance and operations. As you read this book, I will take you on a path of self-discovery, using a fable drawn from my many years of working with entrepreneurs much like you… I hope this book offers the opportunity for business leaders to step back from their day-to-day work, look at the big picture, and learn to grow effectively.’ With a perceptive and concise manner Brent offers his advice to two people in the form of emails and meetings and along the way he offers such maxims as ‘Revenue per employee is the ultimate critical number,’ ‘Infrastructure is an important building block of business capability,’ ‘What doesn’t get measured doesn’t get done,’ ‘High-performing businesses maximize their return on investment by efficiently increasing effectiveness per person,’ ‘Overall effectiveness is much more complicated to measure and must take into account both input and output measurements,’ ‘saving money is not the long-term key to prosperity. Instead, it is the proper balance of cost containment and investment that drives success. The key is to shift gears in the proper sequence to maximize results,’‘Businesses need HR systems that scale with their company and meet their unique needs as they need it and when they need it,’ ‘Increased focus on core business is the first step toward increased effectiveness,’and so much more. This is a go-to book for learning about growth in business. Detailed yet accessible to any reader, Brent’s ability to share his valuable insights reflects the many awards he has gained in his career.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brian Aird

    A Must for the Entrepeneur Go Slow to Grow Fast by Brent Tilson is an engaging business growth book. The reader will not only find the content purposeful and instructional but meaningful in the way the author presents the pathway to growing one's business. The author speaks from a professional background as a certified public accountant and an entrepreneur who started a CPA firm. The author documents her consultation with a company that is experiencing morale issies. She begins addressing the comp A Must for the Entrepeneur Go Slow to Grow Fast by Brent Tilson is an engaging business growth book. The reader will not only find the content purposeful and instructional but meaningful in the way the author presents the pathway to growing one's business. The author speaks from a professional background as a certified public accountant and an entrepreneur who started a CPA firm. The author documents her consultation with a company that is experiencing morale issies. She begins addressing the company's challenges by working with the CEO and the controller. The book is particularly engaging in that the author takes us on this "peeling back the onion" trek, and she documents her journey with the leadership. While digging more in-depth in the company's history, they begin to identify specific points of time within the company. The author labels these "drama zones" or periods where the company struggled. Of added value is the opportunity to observe her style of consultation as it includes interaction with the leaders by not only listening to them but utilizing her entire range of senses such as observation, sensing any contention, and listening to the different perspectives. This powerful business book also provides added gems such as evaluating a company's RPE, utilization of the Lifeline graph, etc. Go Slow to Grow Fast by Brent Tilson is a good business read for the business leader. It is easy to read, understand, and is replete with helpful tools for the successful journey.

  3. 5 out of 5

    KarynH

    A handy book for budding Entrepreneurs The journey of an entrepreneur is certainly not an easy one. It is saddled with a lot of responsibilities. Brent has used his own life experience as an entrepreneur to bring out some of the points that can help you become grounded as a young entrepreneur. At some points in life, I’ve ventured into the field of business to explore some of the things that makes a successful business. Some of the challenges I faced during this period are exactly the points Bre A handy book for budding Entrepreneurs The journey of an entrepreneur is certainly not an easy one. It is saddled with a lot of responsibilities. Brent has used his own life experience as an entrepreneur to bring out some of the points that can help you become grounded as a young entrepreneur. At some points in life, I’ve ventured into the field of business to explore some of the things that makes a successful business. Some of the challenges I faced during this period are exactly the points Brent has successfully looked at in this book. Brent adopted fictional characters to explain some of these problems and has also provided useful advice on how to deal with these challenges when you meet them as an entrepreneur. This book is certainly an investment and a handy book for those who wish to venture into the world of entrepreneurship. Even though these days I’m not so much into entrepreneurship, I still find this book very handy. This is due to the fact that it can apply to a number of situations even outside the business world. This book contains many years of business experience and a whole lot of advice for those running big businesses as well as those who wish to venture into entrepreneurship.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Go Slow to Grow Fast is a book written by Brent Tilson, a national industry leader and champion for small businesses. This non-fiction book is written for a general audience but really interesting for business owners. Companies face many challenges in today’s world; a world that is competitive and changes all the time. Governments and consumers got used to search for the best products and services, so, entrepreneurs have to look for new resources to face these problems. The book is focused on what Go Slow to Grow Fast is a book written by Brent Tilson, a national industry leader and champion for small businesses. This non-fiction book is written for a general audience but really interesting for business owners. Companies face many challenges in today’s world; a world that is competitive and changes all the time. Governments and consumers got used to search for the best products and services, so, entrepreneurs have to look for new resources to face these problems. The book is focused on what the author believes is the best way of providing business solutions and to help businesses grow and improve. His ideas are very clear and innovative for anyone who is interested in this particular field. He is top- notch in commercial issues. His vast experience on the topic gives realism to the points and makes the topic easier to understand. Although it seems to be a difficult matter, the reading flows easily. The author takes examples to facilitate understanding. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this kind of reading. It is a fantastic work to explore!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Go slow to grow fast is a book dedicated to business growth and how you as a business owner can ensure your business grows exponentially. Using surrogate characters, Frank and Susan, the author explains this concept and what he has seen in his over twenty-five yeas of experience. Using this method, the information is given to us in an engaging way that keeps us interested and entertained. Instead of simply relying on your financial statements that show you how you performed in the past, the auth Go slow to grow fast is a book dedicated to business growth and how you as a business owner can ensure your business grows exponentially. Using surrogate characters, Frank and Susan, the author explains this concept and what he has seen in his over twenty-five yeas of experience. Using this method, the information is given to us in an engaging way that keeps us interested and entertained. Instead of simply relying on your financial statements that show you how you performed in the past, the author urges you to take note of critical numbers and measurements to assess where your company is heading without any correction. By giving you tools and posing questions that will prompt you to really think about your business, how it is performing in the various metrics and also providing guidance on what changes may need to happen; the author gives you a solid foundation upon which you can improve your business trajectory.

  6. 4 out of 5

    CarlitasFox

    An Engrossing and useful reading Being an entrepreneur is not an easy task for everyone. This book is a helpful guide for those who are interested in business. “Go Slow To Grow Fast: How to Keep Your Company Driving And Thriving In A Fast-Paced, Competitive Business World” written by Brent Tilson is a good read. The author puts into words that it is very important to “step back from the day-to-day work, look at the big picture, and learn to grow efficiently”. He mentions several experiences to sh An Engrossing and useful reading Being an entrepreneur is not an easy task for everyone. This book is a helpful guide for those who are interested in business. “Go Slow To Grow Fast: How to Keep Your Company Driving And Thriving In A Fast-Paced, Competitive Business World” written by Brent Tilson is a good read. The author puts into words that it is very important to “step back from the day-to-day work, look at the big picture, and learn to grow efficiently”. He mentions several experiences to show what qualities a businessperson must have and how to maintain a positive thinking after some ups and downs. There are some pieces of advice and methodologies to consider. The book is well-developed and well-supported by useful data. In a way, he is helping people to keep business afloat and to think about the future but in a slow-paced way. By doing so, they might “grow fast”. I thoroughly recommend this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shanell Meek

    There is a lot of valuable information for anyone looking to grow a business Go Slow to Grow Fast:How to Keep Your Company Driving and Thriving in a Fast-Paced, Competitive Business World by Brent Tilson is an informative book that is suitable for entrepreneurs, business owners, those who hope to own a business someday, or anyone who holds a influential position within an existing company. It’s a relatively quick read, just taking about an hour and a half to read. But it’s packed full of hands on There is a lot of valuable information for anyone looking to grow a business Go Slow to Grow Fast:How to Keep Your Company Driving and Thriving in a Fast-Paced, Competitive Business World by Brent Tilson is an informative book that is suitable for entrepreneurs, business owners, those who hope to own a business someday, or anyone who holds a influential position within an existing company. It’s a relatively quick read, just taking about an hour and a half to read. But it’s packed full of hands on/ first hand experience and information about how to successfully grow your business and keep it growing and successful as you build within your industry. Even though it’s a short read, Tilson took the time to explain the how and why of each step and did so in a conversational tone. I’d recommend this book to anyone interested in growing a business whether it is their own or they are just managing someone else’s. There is a lot of valuable information in these pages.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy Jefferson

    Educational read on the growth of your company All business face growing challenges as they develop. This is typically known as the S curve or life cycle. This book contains a vast amount of useful information on this subject as well as many good tools and methods to effectively implement these ideas. There are several issues that are addressed for you such as is revenue per employee growth or what would close the company? These are good things to know in today’s ever changing economy so this is Educational read on the growth of your company All business face growing challenges as they develop. This is typically known as the S curve or life cycle. This book contains a vast amount of useful information on this subject as well as many good tools and methods to effectively implement these ideas. There are several issues that are addressed for you such as is revenue per employee growth or what would close the company? These are good things to know in today’s ever changing economy so this is a great opportunity to further your knowledge on the subject and become more effective at leading your company on a positive slow growth process. This is an ideal read for anyone who is trying to grow their business. Check this one out, it is filled with good advice and strategy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Kester

    Running a company can be a tough task to do. Every day is filled with challenges and small problems can easily occur. However, this book by Brent Tilson will help to keep you encouraged during both the good and bad times your company might go through. Tilson will give examples of problems that major companies have had and fought through as well as define some business terms and ideas that could help your business succeed even more. To add even more of a creative twist, he creates a case study in Running a company can be a tough task to do. Every day is filled with challenges and small problems can easily occur. However, this book by Brent Tilson will help to keep you encouraged during both the good and bad times your company might go through. Tilson will give examples of problems that major companies have had and fought through as well as define some business terms and ideas that could help your business succeed even more. To add even more of a creative twist, he creates a case study in the book with characters that need to figure out how to fix some problems in their business. Tilson does all of this within eight easy chapters that are written with a fun writing style. At 182 pages, it will require some time investment, but it’s definitely a great read to check out if you’re interested in learning more about how to keep your business successful.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Hernandez

    I somehow ended up reading this pretty quickly - it's not too short and not too long. Tilson goes straight to the facts and explains very well how to keep your company going. I appreciated how he explains what one should do through the example of the struggling company. He could have just said, "Here are the steps: 1, 2, 3, etc.," and it then would have felt like a boring manual with no explanation. We see how these steps are implemented in the struggling company and what it should look like, wh I somehow ended up reading this pretty quickly - it's not too short and not too long. Tilson goes straight to the facts and explains very well how to keep your company going. I appreciated how he explains what one should do through the example of the struggling company. He could have just said, "Here are the steps: 1, 2, 3, etc.," and it then would have felt like a boring manual with no explanation. We see how these steps are implemented in the struggling company and what it should look like, which I think is very beneficial for companies to see. Tilson provides the how and the why for each grid, each step, and shows you that it can be done. It will take time, but it can be done. I would definitely recommend this to those who are struggling with their companies as it may provide insight on what one can do next.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Hebert

    Important Information Go Slow to Grow Fast is full of great information on how to grow your business. There are so many business owners who need this information, especially with this virus just wrecking our economy. The way the author gives this information, both in “textbook” like learning and in narrative stories, will hold the readers’ interest. I am a big fan of self help books and this is a must read for all business owners.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    This was good. Some great ideas and possibilities. I think you need EOS or something to structure the implement after slowing down though.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Needs

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it connected the dots from an entrepreneurs perspective.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sol Tyty

    The author of Go Slow to Grow Fast, Brent R. Tilson, knows what he is talking about. He is a CPA and an entrepreneur himself and he had worked many years with other entrepreneurs helping them balance their financial and operational success before crafting this masterpiece, a must-read if you are also an entrepreneur or want to be one. He suggests that fast-growth businesses quickly become the victim of their own success and their founders start becoming less efficient due to a decrease in their The author of Go Slow to Grow Fast, Brent R. Tilson, knows what he is talking about. He is a CPA and an entrepreneur himself and he had worked many years with other entrepreneurs helping them balance their financial and operational success before crafting this masterpiece, a must-read if you are also an entrepreneur or want to be one. He suggests that fast-growth businesses quickly become the victim of their own success and their founders start becoming less efficient due to a decrease in their energy. Readers learn practical lessons through Frank and Susans’ fable, where Frank, an optimistic and hard-working founder of a successful fast-growing business and Susan, the controller try to get out of the Drama Zone and go back to the Driving Zone. The author named this journey from one zone to the other the Quad 4 Model, a model which gives any entrepreneur the tools to avoid remaining in the Drama zone in the future. I totally recommend this book to entrepreneurs who are about to set up a company and want to make sure it will be a successful one and to those business leaders whose aim is to sustain success and revenues, avoid blind spots, keep looking at the bigger picture and “growing fast”.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carolina Solano

    Brent R. Tilson is a renowned businessman who collaborates with countless organizations; being a born leader and always concerned with the benefit of the community, he is the ideal person to write this book. The story is presented as a meeting of the author with the representatives of a company and each chapter covers a different problem that is happening. When we are so immersed in the growth of our company, many times we don't take the time to evaluate the problems. This book provides us with t Brent R. Tilson is a renowned businessman who collaborates with countless organizations; being a born leader and always concerned with the benefit of the community, he is the ideal person to write this book. The story is presented as a meeting of the author with the representatives of a company and each chapter covers a different problem that is happening. When we are so immersed in the growth of our company, many times we don't take the time to evaluate the problems. This book provides us with the necessary tools to deal with these situations and ask ourselves the right questions when doing an evaluation. It gives thoughtful, helpful advice from a simple explanation that anyone, even if not in the business area, can understand. Go Slow To Grow Fast is a book very well narrated by the author's experience, and shows that he is a highly qualified person on the subject of business. It is a great tool to consider when choosing this type of reading. I definitely recommend reading this book as well as always keeping it near to take it as reference if we want to excel in our company.

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