February 19, 2006
Book Short: Which Runs Faster, You or Your Company?
Leading at the Speed of Growth, by Katherine Catlin at the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is a must read for any entrepreneur or CEO of a growth company. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read targeted to that audience – its content is great, its format is a page-turner, and it’s concise and to the point.
The authors take you through three stages of a growth company’s lifestyle (Initial Growth, Rapid Growth, and Continuous Growth) and describe the “how to’s” of the transition into each stage: how you know it’s coming, how to behave in the new stage, how to leave the old stage behind.
I didn’t realize it when I started reading the book, but Brad had one of the quotes on the back cover that says it all: “There are business books about starting a company, but they tend to deal with the mechanics of business plans and financing. Then there are books about ‘how to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.’ This is the first book I’ve seen that details the role of the CEO of a small but growing company.” Thanks to my colleague George Bilbrey for pointing this one out to me.
UPDATE: Brad corrects me and says that I should mention Jana Matthews, who co-wrote the book with Katherine Catlin and is actually the Kauffman Center person of the duo.