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Think Big, Act Small: How America's Most Profitable Companies Keep the Start-up Spirit Alive

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Is it possible for a company to grow its revenues and profits by 10 percent or more for at least ten consecutive years, not counting acquisitions? That s an incredibly high bar for growth and profitability, one that 99.99 percent of American companies can t meet including the famous ones that routinely land on magazine covers.Management expert Jason Jennings screened 100,0 ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 5th 2005 by Portfolio (first published 2005)
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Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book studied 9 top-performing companies that all produced 10% revenue and profit growth for 10 consecutive years: SAS Institute, Sonic Drive-In, Cabela's, Koch Industries, Dot Foods, Medline Industries, PETCO Animal Supplies, Strayer Education, and O'Reilly Automotive.

Think Big, Act Small. These are the people and companies who get it right. Their consistent long-term financial performance distinguishes them. Their big thinking is based on authentic big ideas, genuinely solving
Cedric Dukes
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book on how companies concentrated on their customers and earned double digit growth year by year. Companies like Sonic, Petco and Cabellas and others showed how they were loyal to their customers first then grew. They knew that they wanted to be big but acted small in the steps and actions. They did not have big marketing budgets but concentrated on people and providing the best services possible. The author also related this book on how your small business with a few key nuggets in leade ...more
Kwang Wei Long
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The core essence of the book is to Think Big and Act Small which basically means that the focus is on the execution to get there.
The book is packed with lots of insightful interviews with the CEOs of various companies which the principles have been distilled down.
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, business
Buku lama di rak buku, saya beli saat diskonan, seharga hanya Rp5.000. Bukan bermaksud merendahkan dengan menceritakan harganya, tapi mungkin saya sedang beruntung saat itu, awal 2011, saat buku ini harus disingkirkan dari gudang toko buku Gramedia. Khas BIP, terjemahannya cukup bagus. Judul buku tidak diubah, seperti perilaku BIP (lihat "The Art of the Start" menjadi "Merintis perusahaan multinasional dari nol", atau "Getting Things Done"--saya lupa judulnya, yang jelas diubah total dari kontek ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book is about the basics. What do organizations need to do to thrive and succeed – year in and year out? They need to ‘think big, but act small’. In this book, Jason Jennings outlines ten key factors that he and his team identified by sorting through the long-term results of over 100,000 US companies to come up with a list of nine examples of long-term corporate success. Through utilizing these ten factors Jennings argues that organizations ought to be able to conti
Leader Summaries
Desde Leader Summaries recomendamos la lectura del libro Piense en grande, actúe en pequeño, de Jason Jennings.
Las personas interesadas en las siguientes temáticas lo encontrarán práctico y útil: liderazgo, estrategia y modelos de negocio.
En el siguiente enlace tienes el resumen del libro Piense en grande, actúe en pequeño, Por qué las empresas más rentables del mundo piensan a lo grande sin descuidar los asuntos pequeños: Piense en grande, actúe en pequeño
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
The book is evaluating how 10 companies managed to continue to grow in benefit over the last. Though the criteria they chose the companies was money based, they diverted to talk about the ethics of the company. I found a lot of fat and marketing material stuff like "Our clients feel proud to have loyalty card" ... "each employee feels he is an owner" ... "we have people who started in cleaning and are now vice presidents". Such things might be interesting to read, but not of value to a reader. ...more
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: entrepreneurship
I thought this book was pretty ordinary. Well it does talk about some of the companies and the good practices that led to their success but author fails to make this book an enjoyable/interesting experience. At times I felt the author trying too hard to justify the title, which was kind of annoying to me. My colleague who suggested this book to me thinks that I am not quite ready for these kinds of books, which I can't say is completely false.
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
An amazing piece for research work, 'Think Big, Act Small' examines the reasons for the success of the most successful companies (in terms of growth and profit).

It shows that these companies developed eerily similar strategies and behaviors independently from each other and across all kinds of company sizes and business domains.

I recommend it for the advanced entrepreneur/leader.
Sean Vangordon
A good examination of some great companies, and a discussion about what they do right. I found the company histories and cultures very interesting. The first half of the book is solid, and gives you some good insight on leadership. The second half of the book is very slow, and repeats common business tropes.
Annie Gherini
Interesting book with some great points made about a growing company. Did not love how the book was laid out, following 8 different companies through each chapter. I did not know a few of the companies so I kept having to look back and see what this company actually did in order to understand the scenario.
Hemlet Kiai
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mylibrary
Great book!
Louis Wilberforce
I like
Lori Grant
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
A should-read book on managing companies for knowledge workers, managers, executives, and entrepreneurs.
Felix valentin
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Very Simple and easy to implement...
Should be read for beginner businessman
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2006
The title seemed to convey the gist of the book. Pretty obvious. Not a "must read".
Oct 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Jennings uses 9 companies as examples of several concepts that have helped them grow their business at a rate faster than the norm. many good ideas and guidelines.
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Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book about how life changes rapidly but that doesn't mean you can't anticipate the change and then thrive.
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Jason Jennings (b. May 31, 1956, Negaunee, Michigan) is the author of the 2001 Harper Collins NY Times bestseller, It's Not The big That Eat The Small - It's The Fast That Eat The Slow, and his subsequent business bestsellers for Penguin Putnam , Less Is More (2004) and Think Big-Act Small (2006).

He began his career as a broadcast journalist and later owned radio stations in Oklahoma,
“Remember, the most common thing about common sense is how uncommon it is.” 6 likes
“When confronted with problems, most companies try to make small changes or Band-Aid fixes and hope things get better or that the problem goes away. This approach doesn’t work and ensures that they’ll waste vast amounts of time and energy.” 0 likes
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