Navigating the Growth Curve.

Author:Massue, Mireille
Position:Book review

Navigating the Growth Curve, by James Fischer, Book, 2006, Origin Institute, LLC, $39.95.

Navigating the Growth Curve: 9 Fundamentals that Build a Profit-Drive, People-Centered. Growth-Smart Company is a 341-page thriller--and it's a business book!

The author, James Fischer, says nine fundamentals create a blueprint for growing your business. They allow you to:

* Adapt yourself and your organization to the change and chaos present in a rapidly changing economic landscape.

* Focus the resources (people, money, time, and attention) of the company on the correct goals and strategies.

* Effectively predict enterprise behavior, well in advance of critical decisions that need to be made.

The Story

"Kate, I'm going to lunch. I've got to get out of here for a few hours. If any of the staff feel the need to shoot me, I'll be back later."

With that, Peter Logan finds himself sitting on a park bench wondering how everything in his life has unraveled so quickly. Three weeks ago he had a well-deserved reputation as a hired gun, whipping young companies into shape and getting them sold in record time. Anything that didn't meet his requirements was considered extraneous and cut from the budget.

His success depended on getting companies to run like a well-oiled machine, and staff was just a necessary cog in that machine. Despite the immense obstacles in his latest assignment, he had managed to work miracles, getting the product to market faster than expected. He was well on his way to earning himself a place on the front cover of Fortune magazine.

And then the unbelievable happened. He was unceremoniously fired by the parent company, Santano Enterprise (remember this company), and he had just learned that his beloved older brother, Alan Logan, had died of an apparent heart attack.

Popping another Turns in his mouth, our hero wonders how he has managed in just two weeks of taking over his brothers company, Boulder Solutions, at the request of his sister-in-law, to alienate every single person in the company. Praying for divine intervention, he hears a voice informing him that "it isn't the stress that's killing you, it's your unwillingness to change!" With that, Horace Bedford makes himself known to Peter and becomes an integral part of helping him save his brother's company and, of course, in saving the world. There are bad guys out there, you know.

We are introduced to a cast of characters that makes this book a real joy to read. Characters like Grace...

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