Summary of Scaling Up

How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don’t

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Scaling Up book summary
This manual packs enormous punch by condensing the best business, leadership and talent-management advice.


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Rarely does a book manage to confound and frustrate the reader with so much jargon and consultant-speak, yet prove so valuable. This compendium from author and coach Verne Harnish rates as the one in 100 business books you should read above the others. That’s not because of its originality or brilliance – quite the opposite; it’s because of the book’s utility and breadth. In 200-plus pages, Harnish and his coaching team condense the top contemporary business, leadership and talent-management thinking into a textbook-style clinic on how to build a business. He calls ideal, agile organizations “gazelles” – the name of his coaching firm, but you’ll forgive him for the branding as you work through his informative text, charts, worksheets and illustrations. getAbstract recommends this breakthrough, indispensable primer with a warning: You might not exactly enjoy this book, but you will learn from it. Reading and absorbing Harnish’s overview may take perseverance, but it packs an enormous punch.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How midsize, fast-growing companies – called “gazelles” – can scale up rapidly using unremarkable habits and processes; and
  • How those habits and processes can make your firm a gazelle that can grow even more.


“A Country with Gazelles Excels”
Most companies start and stay small. But a few small organizations, “mice,” take off, enjoy rapid growth and eventually break through the $1 million, $10 million and even $100 million barriers. Some go on to join the “elephants” – the world’s largest firms...
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About the Author

Verne Harnish, also the author of Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, leads Gazelles, an international coaching firm, and writes for Fortune.

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