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Valant's new book is a moral compass for corporate America; These 100 rules for success in business are sorely needed now With executive mismanagement, poor leadership and dishonesty causing business failures that are contributing to the nation's economic woes, a timely new book by a Denver-based national business consultant is a beacon that can lead corporate America back onto the right track. Stop Breaking These Rules! 100 Hard-Hitting Truths for Business Integrity and Performance is the second in a series of three books by business performance improvement expert Laurence B. Valant, a frequent public speaker and columnist in the Denver Business Journal and ColoradoBiz Magazine. His co-author is Gayle W. Hustad, a partner in Valant's firm, Valant & Company (www.valantco.com). Valant, a veteran business performance improvement expert who has helped to grow profits at more than 250 businesses, decided in 2007 to write the book outlining positive rules and guidelines after observing over several decades how certain behaviors in people's business and personal lives always led to success - or failure. "In 2008, as the economy crashed, it became apparent to me that a large portion of corporate America had lost its moral compass," said Valant, 66, a resident of the Denver suburb of Castle Rock. "Over the decades, I had seen firsthand how doing the right things can always lead to getting the right results, to predictable success rather than guaranteed failure, and in the nation's economic downward spiral, I was compelled to put it all down in writing." In addition to his role as senior level business success consultant, Valant is also a noted business columnist and sought-after public speaker. His first book, Make Plan! With Effective Execution, which provides five clear steps to predictable business success, was published in 2006 and is also available at www.valantco.com.Leaders seeking to build and sustain organizational cultures dedicated to balance, honesty, commitment, focus, determination, vision, teamwork and excellence in everything they do must read and reread Stop Breaking These Rules. And then, they must make sure everyone in the organization has and regularly reads a copy as well. The book is absolutely transformational.Stop Breaking These Rules is the result of more than 40 years of organizational observation and front-line experience in hundreds of workplaces by two of the nation's leading business performance improvement experts, Laurence B. Valant and Gayle W Hustad. The book has the power within its pages to transform mediocre and even well-functioning organizations into models of excellence dedicated to always doing the right things to always achieve individual and common objectives.Stop Breaking These Rules, written in a style that is appropriately forceful and direct, may be the most powerful guidebook for achieving personal and organizational excellence to appear in American business literature in decades.Some CEOs are already using some of its insights to open and close executive team meetings. Everyone in the organization, when opening a team meeting, can read aloud one of the insights in the book for all to discuss - or just remember and embrace each day.Stop Breaking These Rules makes only one guarantee: Readers who faithfully embrace the 100 realities and insights in the book, and then genuinely believe in them and live them daily, will find their personal and business lives positively transformed and their levels of success soaring.
Laurence B. Valant President and CEO, Valant & Company lvalant@valantco. Laurence B. Valant and his team have applied their business performance improvement methodology successfully with 225 clients in a wide range of industries, businesses and professions over the past 40-plus years. As you will learn in this book, Larry is dedicated to the concepts of honesty, integrity, punctuality, vision, teamwork, accountability, communication, kindness and other personal characteristics that can guarantee success in work and in life.Larry is an expert in general management and strategic, organization, marketing, operations, IT, and executive compensation. As the founder of Valant & Company, Larry's consulting leadership has extended from well-funded and successful start-ups (achieving first year profitable sales in excess of $35 million) to $2.0 billion + companies. His most recent successes include helping accounting and business advisory firm Weaver & Tidwell grow revenues from $19 million three years ago to $51 million in 2007. The record shows that clients who work closely with Larry and his team and follow the Valant Execution Model faithfully always achieve a financial return of at least three times the investment in the process itself in the first year.Gayle W. Hustad Partner, Valant & Co.email@example.com As the founder and owner of a telecommunications business, Gayle brings an entrepreneurial and small business perspective to Valant & Company. Holding P&L leadership of a pager and mobile phone service provider, she led this business in securing 90% of the market against their major competitor, US West Communications. Her strengths in marketing and customer service positioned the business for its eventual acquisition by Consolidated Telephone. Prior to joining Valant & Company, Gayle was an Executive Vice President at a national outplacement and consulting organization. As the senior associate of a 27-member consulting staff, she directed a nationwide team in delivering outplacement and executive coaching services. In addition to consulting top executives from such Fortune 500 Companies as Delphi Automotive Systems, Syngenta, Novartis, Mitsubishi, Textron, Kellogg Company, and CitiCorp, Gayle's responsibilities included training, program development and customer service management. Through her consulting work, Gayle has delivered seminars to thousands of executives throughout the United States. Her professional experience also includes extensive work in strategic planning and organizational development.