A practical resource for business leaders looking for strategies to take their companies to the next level of success.




An executive delivers advice for CEOs and small-to mid-tier business owners who want to build well-run, valuable companies.  

Success doesn’t happen by accident, notes veteran CEO, business owner, and coach Harshberger (Bottom Line Focus, 2010) in this to-the-point guidebook. Instead, “you must consciously think and take decisive action necessary to achieve whatever your definition of success is.” Unfortunately, most business owners “lack a clear vision” and have trouble evolving beyond the practices that initially made their companies thrive but which may not be effective for growth. Accordingly, he aims to push readers to develop a clear understanding of what they must do to optimize their businesses’ operations and increase their value. He begins with a discussion of the importance of leadership and then moves through sections on strategy; tactical review and plans; and execution and accountability. Brief chapters cover topics like how to complete a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis; barriers to business development; the importance of effective marketing; and organizational culture. (A free supplemental workbook featuring exercises associated with each chapter is also available for download.) The author regularly refers to outside experts and sources to support his points, but most worthwhile are the real-life examples drawn from his personal experience as a business owner and coach. More of these stories would be welcome in a book that is sometimes heavy on generalities. Overall, the advice offered is sound, but there’s little here to distinguish the title from others in the crowded business genre. Though Harshberger promises that his manual will “help you change the way you think about your business and your life,” he does a far better job of the former than the latter. Nonetheless, time-starved CEOs on the hunt for clear, actionable tips on how to improve their companies should find value in this deliberately brief volume, which is particularly useful for those who are beginning to think about transitioning out of their businesses and are seeking ways to maximize their companies’ worth.

A practical resource for business leaders looking for strategies to take their companies to the next level of success.

Pub Date: Dec. 28, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-692-05107-8

Page Count: 126

Publisher: Measurable Results LLC

Review Posted Online: May 8, 2018

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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With this detailed, versatile cookbook, readers can finally make Momofuku Milk Bar’s inventive, decadent desserts at home, or see what they’ve been missing.

In this successor to the Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar’s pastry chef hands over the keys to the restaurant group’s snack-food–based treats, which have had people lining up outside the door of the Manhattan bakery since it opened. The James Beard Award–nominated Tosi spares no detail, providing origin stories for her popular cookies, pies and ice-cream flavors. The recipes are meticulously outlined, with added tips on how to experiment with their format. After “understanding how we laid out this cookbook…you will be one of us,” writes the author. Still, it’s a bit more sophisticated than the typical Betty Crocker fare. In addition to a healthy stock of pretzels, cornflakes and, of course, milk powder, some recipes require readers to have feuilletine and citric acid handy, to perfect the art of quenelling. Acolytes should invest in a scale, thanks to Tosi’s preference of grams (“freedom measurements,” as the friendlier cups and spoons are called, are provided, but heavily frowned upon)—though it’s hard to be too pretentious when one of your main ingredients is Fruity Pebbles. A refreshing, youthful cookbook that will have readers happily indulging in a rising pastry-chef star’s widely appealing treats.    


Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-307-72049-8

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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