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Entrepreneur and CEO Les McKeown prefaces his book with a tale of discovery – the story of how he uncovered the “Predictable Success” model. The personal anecdotes he shares in this section demonstrate his humility, as well as his bona fides. Perhaps more important for a book that aspires to show organizations both what they are (he says that every organization moves through a specific life cycle) and what they can be (every organization can stay in the best phase, called Predictable Success), McKeown trots out a fine writing style. Most chapters present a compelling, detailed anecdote that illustrates his principles, a feature that gives the book a nice utility. Leaders who learn through stories will find this guide as useful as leaders who prefer lean, jargon-free business prose do. And, though the book is somewhat repetitive and it fizzles out in the last chapter, McKeown’s points are clear. This author knows companies: how they look on the way up and how they look on the way down. getAbstract recommends his unpredictably fresh perspective on something every business wants more of – Predictable Success.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What “Predictable Success” is and what it means for your business
  • What three “growth stages” build up to Predictable Success and what three “decline stages” lead away from it
  • How to influence organizational growth by encouraging a healthy balance between creativity and structure.

About the Author

Les McKeown is president and CEO of the firm Predictable Success. He has more than 25 years of business experience and has helped launch hundreds of companies worldwide.



Understanding “Predictable Success”
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