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The Founder’s Mentality: How to Overcome the Predictable Crises of Growth

Why is profitable growth so hard to achieve and sustain?  Bain & Company’s Chris Zook and James Allen (authors of the bestselling Profit from the Core) found that 90% of the time the root causes are internal, not external. Managing these choke points requires a “Founder’s Mentality”— behaviors typically embodied by a bold, ambitious founder—to restore the speed, focus, and connection to customers. Based on the authors’ decade-long study of companies in more than 40 countries, The Founder’s Mentality shows how any leader—not only a founder—can instill and leverage a Founder’s Mentality throughout his or her organization, and find lasting, profitable growth. Learn more about The Founder’s Mentality >


About Founder’s Mentality

Most large, successful companies began as insurgents—fast, agile and adaptable. They focused on customers. They hated complexity. But too many companies accept a troubling trade-off: They achieve scale, but lose their Founder’s Mentality®—the very core strengths and values that helped them succeed and grow. Our research shows that of the one in nine companies that achieve a decade or more of sustained, profitable growth, the majority are those that have preserved—or restored—their Founder’s Mentality®. Learn more about Founder’s Mentality >

Chris Zook
Co-author, The Founder’s Mentality
James Allen
Co-author, The Founder’s Mentality
Dunigan O’Keeffe
Partner, Strategy practice, Bain Alpha
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