This well-written book should inspire thousands of entrepreneurs to reject a mantra of growth-for-growth’s sake in favor of a passionate dedication to becoming the absolute best. Bo Burlingham reminds us of a vital truth: big does not equal great, and great does not equal big.
—Jim Collins, coauthor of Built to Last and
author of Good to Great
With new management books arriving by the boatload, Bo Burlingham has somehow managed the near impossible—he’s given us a true original. Moreover, in the process he may have 'discovered' the most interesting and under-reported corner of the U.S. economy. In short, Small Giants is a Large Masterpiece. Bo's reporting is stupendous, and his writing and storytelling skills make the books equal parts fun and profound.
—Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence and Thriving on Chaos
Small is the new big. If that feels like an offbeat idea to you, you need
—Seth Godin, Original Squid, Squidoo.com
I was asked to review this book and read every word, looking for a catchy reviewer’s phrase, a sales hook. I couldn’t find it. Instead, I was blown away from page one. I found myself engaged by new ideas and countless take-home plays as well as thinking about different strategies and directions I can use in my organizations. I have never read a book with more real-life right-on experiences than this one.
—Jack Stack, President and CEO of SRC Holdings
Corp. and author of The Great Game of Business
Some of America's best and brightest companies have operated in relative obscurity—until now. Meet a group of CEOs who are thriving and happy. Bo Burlingham, one of the country's foremost business journalists, has uncovered their secret to business success and personal fulfillment.
—John Koten, editor-in-chief, Inc. and Fast Company magazines
One of the great thrills of running Inc. magazine for 20 years was coming across that rare company that took your breath away and made you sit up and say,‘This is what work and business can be at its absolute best.’ I have to confess that it's been too long since I encountered one of these rare gems. Until now! This book is filled with them—from cover to cover, brought to you by Bo Burlingham, who knows this part of the entrepreneurial landscape like no other, and brings it magnificently to life in Small Giants. But be forewarned: I absolutely guarantee that there will be moments when you'll be ready to chuck it all and apply for a job at one of these Small Giants. I know I was.
—George Gendron, former editor-in-chief, Inc. magazine
For all you harried entrepreneurs out there, Bo Burlingham has a reassuring message: Relax. Bigger isn’t necessarily better. The wonderful stories in Small Giants show you how to prosper by retaining the vision of excellence that got you into business in the first place.
—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School professor and best-selling
author of Confidence: How Winning Streaks & Losing Streaks Begin & End