Lessons from Private Equity Any Company Can Use (Memo to the CEO)

Private equity firms are snapping up brand-name companies and assembling portfolios that make them immense global conglomerates. They're often able to maximize investor value far more successfully than traditional public companies.

How do PE firms become such powerhouses? Learn how, in Lessons from Private Equity Any Company Can Use. Bain chairman Orit Gadiesh and partner Hugh MacArthur use the concise, actionable format of a memo to lay out the five disciplines that PE firms use to attain their edge:

· Invest with a thesis using a specific, appropriate 3-5-year goal

· Create a blueprint for change--a road map for initiatives that will generate the most value for your company within that time frame

· Measure only what matters--such as cash, key market intelligence, and critical operating data

· Hire, motivate, and retain hungry managers--people who think like owners

· Make equity sweat--by making cash scarce, and forcing managers to redeploy underperforming capital in productive directions

This is the PE formulate for unleashing a company's true potential.

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By Jordan (Baltimore, MD) · ★★☆☆☆ · May 27, 2009
nice overview of how PE firms add value to their portfolio companies, but no earth shattering insights. biggest lesson: don't get distracted by nonsense and stick to fundamentals. it's always good to remind yourself of these themes, whether in business or anything else. ...more
By Joshua (Hong Kong, Hong Kong) · ★★★☆☆ · May 21, 2013
Concise and informative. A good introduction to private equity if you're into that type of thing. ...more
By Lori (Seattle, WA) · ★★★★☆ · March 29, 2013
A should-read book on startups for knowledge workers and aspiring entrepreneurs. ...more
By Girish (Mumbai, 16, India) · December 31, 2013
Good book for start ups and entrepreneur ...more
By Jay (Clarksville, MD) · October 16, 2012
small footprint, big impact. ...more