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Bob Pritchett started his first business at age six. In high school, he ran a software company that sold to Fortune 500 companies. By the age of 20, he had cofounded Logos Research Systems, Inc. He has seen the ups of high profits and the downs of a failed IPO attempt. Pritchett's successes and failures led him to write Fire Someone Today. Far from a treatise on giving employees the axe, Fire Someone Today uses four categories-People, Leadership, Finance, and Operations-to cover a wide range of issues unique to the more than 20 million small business owners in the United States. Filled with hands-on advice and practical examples from real businesses, the book takes a no-nonsense approach to the uncomfortable decisions and actions that every manager, business owner, or entrepreneur must face.

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Should you take the time to visit customers and suppliers in person? Absolutely.

Who makes the best accountant? A pessimist.

What do you do with a good employee who is a jerk? Fire him

Whether you are a young company that's just starting out or a mature business looking to grow, Bob pritchett's hands-on advice and practical examples are a must-read for every manager, business owner, and entrepreneur.

Inside this book, you will not find Thirteen Incontrovertible Laws of Excellence. You won't find motivational cliches to frame and put on your desk. And there are no step-by-step instructions for writing a business plan.

Instead, in "Fire Someone Today," you'll read what Pritchett has discovered through his years of experience as an entrepreneur and small business owner. It is a book about what to do, what not to do, and why. For "your" business, it could be that one piece of advice that makes all the difference . . . and even give you a few laughs along the way.

"A year's worth of lunches with someone who has been way down the road and taken a lot of lumps." ―Guy Kawasaki, Author, "The Art of the Start"

"Made you think And that's more than you can hope for from the typical business book, that's for sure. Everyone who manages anyone needs to think about the stuff inside." ―Seth Godin, Author, "All Marketers are Liars"

"Bob Pritchett has written a classic for anyone running or starting up a small to mid-sized business. There's compelling information on every page." ―Pat Williams, Senior Vice President, Orlando Magic

""Fire Someone Today" is a breakthrough for those of us who hate wading through theoretical business books." ―Kevin Cable, Cofounder, Cascadia Capital

Item Specifications...

Pages   205
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 11, 2006
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785212620  
EAN  9780785212621  
UPC  020049057155  

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Like buying a copy of my boss....  Dec 11, 2007
My boss is brilliant. He's got loads of education, experience, and humor. I love working for him. If you told me my boss wrote this book, I would've believed it.

It's a great read, and more importantly it's full of substantial ideas that can save you a lot of trouble, money, and problems.

The anecdotes are great, the jokes are fun, and it all rings as genuine and earthy as only the best-polished guidance can. I'd recommend it.

Although, a note- my book squeaks when I open it. Working in the bookbinding industry, I actually find this pretty entertaining. It sounds, and feels, weird and somewhat scratchy, but worth nothing =)

Particularly for those newer to the real world of business, this is great guidance delivered uncommonly easy, without compromising into sacarin. Check into it today, you'll be glad you did a dozen times over.
A great no-hassle read  Jul 9, 2007
I loved it.

I've read a bunch of management books, but this is definitely different. The writing style for one is very to the point--refreshingly so. I also appreciated perspective of someone who has NOT done everything perfectly, who has learned from their mistakes, and is not a fortune 500 manager. On that level, it was much more helpful to me, someone who is also not a fortune 500 manager.

To the point, quirky sense of humor, practical reasoning and advice, and just plain good. Get it.
Great book!  May 19, 2007
For someone who has either started a business, is considering starting a business, or wants to be a great employer/employee is is a great option. No, it doesn't only talk about "Firing someone today". It is a book with business sense which when reading it makes common sense.
A Wonderful, Humerous and VALUABLE Read  Apr 27, 2007
Do not judge this book by its core title alone ("Fire Someone Today"). You must keep in mind its full title ("Fire Someone Today - AND OTHER SURPRISING TACTICS FOR MAKING YOUR BUSINESS A SUCCESS").

This book provides a wonderful view into processes/systems that have failed and succeeded and, mostly importantly, WHY they did what they did. The author provides wonderful, entertaining and POWERFUL stories and compelling arguments for each of his points.

The essay-like style of book makes it not only an informative, though-provoking read, but also an academically valuable and easily referenced book for your debates when improving your business.

From small to large business alike, all leadership (from the executive to the micro-manager) should have this on their shelves. It will truly surprise you with its informative and inspiring content.
Practical, easy to read small CEO advice  Mar 19, 2007
This book presents the author's advice for owner/managers of small companies. In 200 pages, he presents 22 chapters on diverse and important topics. Here's my reaction to each chapter (where 1 = Not so good, 10 = Great).

1 Fire Someone Today (10, great review for those who hesitate firing slackers or misfits, mentions how to do it correctly)
2 You Are the Reason You Are in Business (10, you need to control the critical process/technology)
3 Nobody Loves Your Baby Like You Do (10, don't delegeate your vision for the company)
4 There Can Be Only One - Plan for Your Partner's Departure (10, be the benign dictator, how to evaluate business partners, how to always have a way out)
5 Don't Hire Anyone You Haven't Interviewed (7, basic information)
6 Cash Is King (7, basic information)
7 Quality, Price, Service -- Prioritize (9, interesting but simplistic model for niching)
8 Nobody Needs an Optimistic Accountant (6, probably true, but basic)
9 You Can Always Find 5 % (8, too oriented on nickling and diming vendors, too oriented away from growth, mentions important reports and methods)
10 Profit is Why You Are in Business (7, basic information, too oriented on profits alone, did not describe why profits are necessary for growth)
11 If You Are Not Growing, You Are Shrinking (10, interesting discussion of market dynamics)
12 Good Systems Protect You from the Perfect Employee (10, discussion on blogs, make it easy to build good systems)
13 The One Who Writes Wins (10, but basic information)
13 Read (10, great information on business intelligence, interesting remarks on business books, biographies vs business histories, novels)
15 Don't Fly Blind -- Build a Dashboard (10, important, basic information that most businesses don't prepare, doensn't and probably can't mention all the numbers any business needs)
16 Visit Everyone in Person (10, excellent reason for supporting the airlines)
17 Press Is Yours If You Ask -- And If You Want It (10, how to use publicity to your advantage without getting skinned by the media)
18 In Acquisitions, the Buyer is the Loser (10, this was really great information, how to use the process to your advantage)
19 Buy Lunch (10, excellent reason for supporting restaurants, like Chapter 16)
20 Winning Takes 51 % (10, how to categorize decisions, when to make them quickly, slowly)
21 Some People Are Your Greatest Assets (10, how to treat exceptional candidates, good is the baseline, follows "up or out" mentality of chapter 1)
22 Business Is a Serious Game (7, your decisions have consequences to your employees)

This book is easy and enjoyable to read for businesses with 5 to 200 employees.

John Dunbar
Sugar Land, TX

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