I thank God for the inspiration, wisdom, and people who helped make this book possible.
My deepest gratitude to:
The gracious souls who have trusted our team and the business growth process. You have taught us much.
Stephen R. Covey for an enlightening decade of learning, teaching, and applying the principles of effectiveness.
Peter Drucker for helping me grasp the power of the planning elements.
Jim Horan for your example and encouragement.
Richard Narramore and the entire team at John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Bruce Jeffrey for helping me develop, refine, and apply the methodology that made this book possible.
Drew Hiss, Rick Perkins, Jerry Haney, Cary Summers, Randy Reed, and Tom Cox for your ongoing contributions and encouragement.
Case Dorman and the wonderful team at Jack Stack Barbecue.
Rick Boxx of Integrity Resource Center for your contribution of "values" stories.
Kyle Holt and the U, Inc. team for creating
My "Gang Members"—the bike gang, the swimming gang, and the Friday morning gang—for your friendship and guidance.
My advisory board for your courage, consideration, and wisdom.
Della Niemuth and Megan Garringer for your outstanding service.
My wife Diane and our son Joseph for your unconditional love, encouragement, and companionship.
The countless others, you know who you are.