This groundbreaking book reveals how today's global businesses can be both environmentally responsible and highly profitable.
The primary obstacle is a conflict that’s built into our brains, say Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed bestseller Made to Stick. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems—the rational mind and the emotional mind—that compete for control. The rational mind wants a great beach body; the emotional mind wants that Oreo cookie. The rational mind wants to change something at work; the emotional mind loves the comfort of the existing routine. This tension can doom a change effort—but if it is overcome, change can come quickly.
In Switch, the Heaths show how everyday people—employees and managers, parents and nurses—have united both minds and, as a result, achieved dramatic results:
The lowly medical interns who managed to defeat an entrenched, decades-old medical practice that was endangering patients.
The home-organizing guru who developed a simple technique for overcoming the dread of housekeeping.
The manager who transformed a lackadaisical customer-support team into service zealots by removing a standard tool of customer service
In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.
Praise for The E-Myth Accountant
"Read it and then do it. There's probably no professional who could benefit more from the E-Myth principles than the accounting firm owner, and longtime accounting professional and firm owner Darren Root understands that better than anyone. This book offers powerful and practical direction from two business leaders that will change your personal and professional lives."
—Mike Sabbatis, President and CEO, CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business
"Saying that The E-Myth Accountant is a must-read is an understatement. For many in our profession, this book is the proverbial missing link between the advice others rely on us to provide and how we apply that advice in our own business. Michael and Darren do a masterful job of binding together a powerfully motivating book and a step-by-step guide on transforming a working practice into a thriving business."
—Teresa Mackintosh, CPA.CITP, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Professional Market, Thomson Reuters
"Darren's insight on accounting firms combined with Michael's original E-Myth vision and methodology have resulted in a book that can help all conscientious accountants improve their lives and firms while providing new levels of client service."
—Randy Johnston, Executive Vice President, Network Management Group, Inc.
"Every accountant should read this book. The perfect blend of theory and practice provide firm leaders with the knowledge required to build the foundation of a successful business. Putting the E-Myth concepts in practice will quickly dispel any outdated beliefs of how a firm should operate."
—René Lacerte, CEO and founder, Bill.com
"Darren Root is one of the lead change agents for the accounting profession. This book is a powerful read of Darren's proven concepts on how firms can transform themselves into a true next-generation firm."
—Erik Asgeirsson, President and CEO, CPA2Biz, Inc., a subsidiary of the American Institute of CPAs
The Natural Step model for sustainability has gained international acclaim from some of the world's most respected scientists. In this first book in English on the topic, the authors explain The Natural Step and reveal through detailed case studies how four leading corporations - IKEA, Scandic Hotels, Interface, and Collins Pine - are using it to great advantage as a central part of their corporate strategies. Timely, practical, and exciting, The Natural Step for Business will be of special interest to business leaders, environmentalists, and all students of sustainability.
Guy Kawasaki's phenomenal success at Apple Computer and as a start-up entrepreneur was the result of an innovative approach to sales, marketing, and management called evangelism. Evangelism means convincing people to believe in your product or ideas as much as you do, by using fervor, zeal, guts, and cunning to mobilize your customers and staff into becoming as passionate about a cause as you are.
Selling the Dream is a handbook and workbook for putting evangelism into action. Kawasaki charts a complete blueprint for the beginning evangelist that covers such topics as how to define a cause (whether it is a business, like Windham Hill Records or the Body Shop, or a public interest concern, like the National Audubon Society or Mothers Against Drunk Driving), how to identify good and bad enemies, how to deliver an effective presentation, and how to find, train, and recruit new evangelists. One of the highlights of the book is a short course in developing an evangelistic business plan, illustrated by the complete, original Macintosh Product Introduction Plan.
Selling the Dream will teach you how to become a raging, inexorable thunder lizard of an evangelist — a leader whose words will never fall on deaf ears again.
An instant classic, this revised and updated edition of the phenomenal bestseller dispels the myths about starting your own business. Small business consultant and author Michael E. Gerber, with sharp insight gained from years of experience, points out how common assumptions, expectations, and even technical expertise can get in the way of running a successful business.
Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business—from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed—and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Most importantly, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business.
The E-Myth Revisited will help you grow your business in a productive, assured way.