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Small Giants

Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big, 10th-Anniversary Edition
Narrated by: Bo Burlingham, Sean Pratt
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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How maverick companies have passed up the growth treadmill - and focused on greatness instead.

It's an axiom of business that great companies grow their revenues and profits year after year. Yet quietly, under the radar, a small number of companies have rejected the pressure of endless growth to focus on more satisfying business goals. Goals like being great at what they do, creating a great place to work, providing great customer service, making great contributions to their communities, and finding great ways to lead their lives.

In Small Giants, veteran journalist Bo Burlingham takes us deep inside 14 remarkable companies that have chosen to march to their own drummers. They include Anchor Brewing, the original microbrewer; CitiStorage Inc., the premier independent records-storage business; Clif Bar & Co., maker of organic energy bars and other nutrition foods; Righteous Babe Records, the record company founded by singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco; Union Square Hospitality Group, the company of restaurateur Danny Meyer; and Zingerman's Community of Businesses, including the world-famous Zingerman's Deli of Ann Arbor.

Burlingham shows how the leaders of these small giants recognized the full range of choices they had about the type of companies they could create. And he shows how we can all benefit by questioning the usual definitions of business success. In his new afterword, Burlingham reflects on the similarities and learning lessons from the small giants he covers in the audiobook.

©2016 Bo Burlingham (P)2016 Gildan Media LLC

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  • 11-10-2018

Great read for any entrepreneur or business owner

Great read for any entrepreneur or business owner, manager or employee. Very refreshing take on how businesses can operate without the normal traditional structure.

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Yes it’s anecdotal but..

That’s the point. It is a group of great stories of how people have built, maintained or lost a small giant.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-2017

fantastic book for small company builders

After having read hundreds of business books, I have to pronounce this book in the top five for small business builders. Required Reading!

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  • Gerri L. Harmer
  • 14-12-2016

How everyone should be doing business

Narrator is easy to listen to. This is a wonderful guide to how leaders should be running companies

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  • Jennifer
  • 09-04-2018

Wonderfully Targeted to Small Giant Companies!

Most business books are written toward stories and interviews of the large successful and failed companies or the home-office entrepreneur. This book hits the sweet spot between the home office and the board room.
Specifically targeting practices and mindful insights to companies such as mine who are missioned toward the impact we have on the community versus how large we can scale.
Easy listen and well-narrated. As I find with many books these days, it could have been shorter as some examples were repetitive or a bit lengthy in this time starved world.

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  • Sheila K Reno
  • 20-03-2017

Informative

I loved this book. I enjoyed hearing new, independent, and unique styles of running a company; from how to deal with customers and employees to running day to day operations. Understanding the cultural needs of a company in all aspects is critical to a successful business.

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  • Iregretbuyingthis
  • 14-02-2018

Great companies that didn't go public!

Great book for people with private companies, who have a true passion to develop and keep their freedoms of being a private.

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  • Cooper McGeorge
  • 01-09-2019

Solid Listen.

Nice reminder to focus on delivering quality rather than growing fast and large. Good for the beginning entrepreneur.

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  • Caleb
  • 20-08-2019

Awesome!

One of the best business books I've listened to hands down, I definitely recommend it!

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  • S. D. Schwaitzberg
  • 04-11-2018

what a great find!

I stumbled onto this book completely by accident because I had enjoyed another book narrated by Sean Pratt entitled Relentless. so as a complete impulse I decided to read another book narrated by him. What I found inside this book was a treasure of great stories about culture, perseverance and Mojo. I found stories from Buffalo where I am living now .( so I did drive to Babeville ) and stories about beer which I am drinking. most important is that i run a business very different from those described but the lessons resonate all the same . I already have my next three restaurants picked out for my next trip to New York City.
thanks Bo. .

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  • Valerie
  • 08-09-2018

Wonderful

Wonderful range and depth of ideas about business and personal purpose. Cannot recommend it enough if you own or work in a business. A new vision for business and community in the future.

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  • mark
  • 15-08-2018

Felt rushed

All I kept thinking during what should have been an absolutely amazing book was "Can we please slow down and spend more than about 30 seconds on each of these stories?" There were so many businesses crammed into here that I felt like half the time we were only getting started on really getting to the meat of the story... and then it was on to the next one. There were even a few he dragged on for too long and others that were barely covered. Just felt like it could have been great, but really just missed the mark.

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  • michael clemmet
  • 26-03-2019

Dull

I was hoping this would be good, but it's not. Basic message is be good, stay local, don't take on investment.

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