Critique: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, “The 100: Building Blocks for Business Leadership” is an ideal instructional guide and reference for anyone having managerial or ownership responsibilities for a small business enterprise of any kind. Simply stated, “The 100: Building Blocks for Business Leadership” should be a part of every community, corporate, and academic library Business Management instructional reference collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that “The 100: Building Blocks for Business Leadership” is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).
—The Midwest Book Review
Intertech was ranked #7 in the country by Fortune magazine and Great Places to Work for workplace flexibility.
Great Place to Work® selected companies for this list by examining the availability of telecommuting, flex-time, compressed work week, job sharing and phased retirement programs… Great Place to Work surveyed over 209,000 randomly-selected employees, asking them to describe the reality of their day-to-day work experience.”
My thanks to our dedicated employees and loyal customers for making us possible and to Fortune for backing the Great Place to Work award.
Saint Paul, United States of America, March 22, 2016 (Newswire.com) – How does someone build a thriving business with loyal customers and employees? How does someone craft a workplace that wins dozens of awards for being a best place to work and, more importantly, is filled with happy employees who rarely leave? How does someone generate healthy annual profits while still facilitating life balance, not only for himself but also his employees? Ask Tom Salonek, founder and CEO of Intertech, a Minnesota-based IT consulting and training company. Better yet, read his new book, The 100: Building Blocks for Business Leadership (Agate B2, 978-1-57284-196-3, $14).
“You could spend a year reading the top 100 business books and not come away with as much as an afternoon spent reading this book”–Thomas W. Schaefer, CEO and President, Master Coating Technologies
Salonek, who founded Intertech in 1991, has intentionally developed a company where people thrive – personally and professionally – and customers receive best in class IT services and training. His book, a sort of self-help manual for small business leaders and corporate managers alike, contains 100 short lessons filled with hands-on techniques and practical advice based on concepts Salonek learned at Intertech and through executive education he pursued at Harvard, MIT and the University of St. Thomas.
Best of all, The 100 is practical, pithy and comes with 30-plus downloadable resources for implementing the book’s concepts. The 100 is available in both print and electronic formats through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and a variety of local independent booksellers.
View the release online here.
What’s your advice for entrepreneurs whose businesses are on the decline?
Action cures fear. When you’re actively focused on the solution and working the problem, you feel more empowered. For a business in decline, remember that you’re not the first to experience this problem. Who do you know within or outside your organization that could help generate ideas to turn things around? Start with “green light” brainstorming session around the core problems causing the decline. Ask, “In what ways can we increase sales?” or “In what ways can we reduce expenses to improve profitability?” After all the ideas are on the table, sort from first to worst, and then act.
What advice would you give to someone just thinking about starting a business?
There never will be a perfect time to start a business. I started Intertech in a recession. To limit risk, ask yourself if there’s a way to dip your toe in the water without quitting your day job. Also, set it up to succeed or fail quickly. It’s not about money or significant investment. From colocation workspaces to all the resources available through cloud-based services to the sharing economy, there are a lot of ways to start with minimal expense.
The amount of resources available for an entrepreneur is staggering. From books to workshops to online resources, the challenge isn’t to find resources—it’s to sift out what is practical and useful. My hope is that The 100 provides a quick read with plenty of actionable ideas for the aspiring entrepreneur.