June 5, 2006

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects: Fire Someone Today

By: Jack @ 3:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Fire Someone Today: And Other Surprising Tactics for Making Your Business a Success
By Bob Pritchett, Nelson Business, 224 pages, $14.99 Paperback, April 2006, ISBN 0785212620
Fire Someone Today is a title that grabs your attention. It's not a book about poor employees or bell curve purging in corporate America. It's about small business. Author Bob Pritchett takes great lengths to introduce himself. He's not a professional speaker, investor nor an academic; he's the "guy down the street who is working hard, running a pretty good business, and who has learned some lessons that may help you too."
One of the great things about small business books is that they apply to everyone. If you run a five-person company, you'll find help and inspiration. If you just joined a 50-person company, you'll learn what matters to the owner. Or if you work in the Fortune 50, it'll help you run your team like a small business.
Pritchett covers all the big stuff like firing, cash, and profit. He also covers some of the tried and true. For instance, you'll often hear about a founder who needs to hire a manager to run his growing business. Pritchett twists that idea and reminds entrepreneurs to do what they love and what made the business successful in the first place.
To illustrate this, he tells the story of an owner-engineer who was consumed by running the business. So he hired engineers who were ultimately less proficient and made products that looked like everything else. Eventually, the company lost its uniqueness.
Don't be fooled by the title. This is a strong book in the ever-crowded entrepreneurship, small business category. Pick it up and gain something new.
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