Praise for The Bear Necessities Of Business
"Maxine Clark has written a powerfully effective book that will help you build an organization that′s more competitive, more inventive, more productive, and simply more fun to work in."
William C. Taylor, Founding Editor, Fast Company magazine
"The Bear Necessities of Business is pithy, accessible, fun, and very smart. Maxine Clark is the twenty–first century′s Walt Disney. Whatever business you′re in or dream of building this chock–full–of–wisdom guide is a must–read."
Susan W. Bird, founder and CEO, Wf360
"The spirit and passion Maxine Clark has for bringing dreams to life is now in your hands. Every chapter is stuffed with the secrets of what has made her so successful in every aspect of business. Her mentoring and the words in this book are a big part of the magic of my success."
Denise Chapman Weston, President and Director of
"A must–read not just for aspiring entrepreneurs, but for seasoned managers as well."
C. K. Prahalad, coauthor, The Future of Competition
"This book provides a ′how–to manual′ for all those budding entrepreneurs with an idea they want to see blossom into a booming business."
Martin Sneider, Adjunct Professor of Retailing
Olin School of Business, Washington University
Part One: Getting Started.
Dream the Dream Supreme.
Let a Child Inspire You.
Do What You Love.
Beware of Conventional Wisdom.
Pour Your Heart Into It.
Envision the Core User.
Imagine Your Company from the Inside Out.
It′s All in the Details.
Develop String Partnerships.
be Financially Secure.
Put Your Plans in Writing.
Make Investors Come to You.
Part Two: Being a Great Boss.
Show a Willingness to Do Any Job.
Seek and Find Those Who Share Your Passion.
Create a Fun Place to Work.
Celebrate Mistakes with a red Pencil Awed.
Respect Those Around You.
Empower Your Employees to Contribute.
Know What You Don′t Know.
Seek the Help of Outside Experts.
Read, Act, and Share.
Part Three: Connecting with Your Customers.
See Yourself Through the Public′s Eyes.
Learn from Your Customers.
Build an Advisory Board.
Bring Out the Child in Everyone.
Spending More Creates More Value.
Don′t Cater to All Audiences.
Ensure that Each Person Feels Special.
Answer Customer Letters.
Part Four: Creating an Incredible Experience.
Make First Impression Last.
Turn Every day into a Holiday.
Emulate the Five Pillars of Success.
Keep Inventory in Check.
Pay Attention to Packaging.
Offer an Escape from the Ordinary.
Part Five: Using Essential Marketing Strategies.
Be a Great Brand.
The Best Advertising IS Free.
Target your Pitches.
Respond to the Media.
Use the Web Wisely.
Embrace Viral Marketing.
Part Six: Growing Your Business.
1 + 1 = 10.
Live in the Now... and the Future.
Learn from the Experiences of Others.
Grow Without Compromise.
Be Prepared for the Unimaginable.
Speak in All Languages.
Turn "No" into Your Own "Yes".
The Harder You Work, the Luckier You Get.
Five Questions That Will Help Propel Your Business.
Part Seven: Giving Back.
Good Works Are Good Business.
Begin in Your Own Backyard.
Share and Share Alike.
Bearisms to Live and Work By.
About the Authors.