About the Author: Doug Callahan Photography by Michael Guimond
Doug was born and raised in a car-loving Detroit family. He started his first business--a landscaping service-- when he was twelve and built it until he became a designer for General Motors. From there he took on his first engineering role with an injection molding supplier for the auto industry. During his tenure at that firm, he helped grow the business from around $20 million in sales to $300 million and learned the foundations of the business "recipe" he shares in this book. In 2012, Doug took over operations of MMI Engineered Solutions, Inc. Using his unique management recipe, he has turned MMI into one of America's Fastest-Growing Companies (Inc. magazine). Doug has a BSME and an MBA from Lawrence Technological University and a JD from the University of Detroit.
HOPE SHOULD NOT BE PART OF YOUR BUSINESS PLAN.
Too many business owners—either consciously or unconsciously—rely on hope to achieve success. But hope is not a plan. Fortunately, there is a reliable recipe that business leaders can follow, one that dependably delivers winning results for all kinds of businesses. Doug Callahan knows that recipe. He has used it to build one of the fastest-growing companies in America and to win top entrepreneurial and industry awards. And now he wants to share that recipe with you.
In Hope Is Not a Plan, you will learn about the real drivers of business success. And you will learn how to harness those drivers to grow a business that serves as a model for others to follow.
This book offers indispensable business lessons, such as:
Why you must treat people as your greatest asset How to create a winning cadence in your company The importance of narrowing your business focus The secrets of creating a collaborative culture The value of providing a “scoreboard” for your team The magic of metrics and benchmarks How to lead with passion The power of a repeatable process
…and many, many more. Hope is NOT a plan. But this book IS.