READER COMMENTS

Brendan has done a great job here in illustrating the importance of leadership and providing guidelines on how to become a great leader – we can all learn from this and we should all strive to be better. Peter Hiscocks, CEO, Executive Education, Cambridge Judge Business School

ACCELERATING COMPANY GROWTH is a brief and to-the-point cookbook for constructing a growth plan for your business. It’s filled with concrete and succinct stories that provide practical advice and encouragement for the aspiring entrepreneur. Sean O’Sullivan, Founder, SOSventures International

ACCELERATING COMPANY GROWTH is a real page-turner: a compelling and inspiring introduction to the complex field of SME acceleration. Brendan Dowling engagingly combines anecdote and analysis in refracting through the sympathetic lens of his own varied experience much of the research into successful entrepreneurship of the past dozen years. Key concepts from the elevator pitch to the value proposition are succinctly explained through examples that fit together in a clear, modular way. Jargon is judiciously deployed where it illuminates central concepts entrepreneurs are likely to encounter negotiating with investors (business model, red ocean), and considerable emphasis is rightly placed on sales and marketing. Above all, the author never loses sight of the human motivation and social potential of growth entrepreneurship. I read it on a long flight and didn’t notice the hours roll by. A book I wish I’d encountered years ago. David Gill, Managing Director, St John’s Innovation Centre, Cambridge

This is a comprehensive book that includes all the elements to building a robust plan for accelerating growth. It is very practical and written from Brendan’s wide experience rather than an academic perspective.  Paul O’Dea, CEO, Select Strategies

The book offers hard-earned and valuable advice to entrepreneurs on issues that they and their companies will face on a rapid growth trajectory. It is accessible, short and repeated reading will reveal its many nuggets of wisdom.  Joey Mason, Partner, Delta Partners

Brendan possesses that unique ‘can do’ attitude that is prevalent in genuine entrepreneurs. Having worked with him on a number of major projects, I can attest to his ‘practice what you preach’ business approach. This book is an honest representation of the challenges that face most SMEs as they strive for accelerated growth and many CEO’s will readily identify and relate to Brendan’s experiences. Ian Sparling, CEO, Soft-ex Communications

Brendan’s book is a welcome addition to the subject of accelerating business growth. The richness of his own experience provides great credibility and also gives very practical information that will motivate those who are on this path. It is also a compelling read! Siobhan McAleer, Commercial Director, Irish Management Institute

A very easy-to-read approach, with an easy-to-use framework, for CEOs wanting to understand the key elements involved in accelerating the growth of their business. Brendan has first-hand experience and is a natural storyteller. Mary Goulding, Strategic Business Coach to CEOs

Brendan Dowling speaks from a deep well of experience, having started and managed a string of successful enterprises. In this compelling book, he relays his experiences and speaks from the heart about success – and failure – in business, with myriad tips and techniques for accelerating growth. Highly recommended. Dermot Duff, Executive Learning Director, Irish Management Institute & Associate Professor, Trinity College Dublin Business School

People who manage growing businesses are among the busiest around. They don’t have time to read many books, but they should read this one. Brendan Dowling has distilled many really valuable insights from his varied and successful entrepreneurial career. The advice he offers on how to grow a business is supported throughout by examples from his own experience.  The book is not only a pleasure to read, but is structured in a way that makes it a valuable reference work as key growth challenges arise. Dr John McMackin, Director of Executive and International Education, Dublin City University Business School

 


 

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