Pour Your Heart Into It (Highbridge Distribution)

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The success of Starbucks Coffee Company is one of the most remarkable business stories in decades. Since 1987, it has grown from a single retail store on Seattle's waterfront to a company with more than 1,000 stores nationwide and a new one opening somewhere every business day. According to Fortune magazine, Starbucks "has changed everything . . . from our tastes to our language to the face of Main Street."

In Pour Your Heart Into It, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz shares the passion, values, and inspiration that drive this fascinating company. Placing as much importance on employees as on profits, paying as much attention to creativity as to growth, motivated by enduring principles including "Don't be threatened by people smarter than you," and "Everything matters," Starbucks is living proof that a company can lead with its heart, nurture its soul, and still make money.

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Since 1987, Starbucks's star has been on the rise, growing from 11 Seattle, WA-based stores to more than 1,000 worldwide. Its goals grew, too, from the more modest, albeit fundamental one of offering high-quality coffee beans roasted to perfection to, more recently, opening a new store somewhere every day. An exemplary success story, Starbucks is identified with innovative marketing strategies, employee-ownership programs, and a product that's become a subculture.

Whether you're an entrepreneur, a manager, a marketer, or a curious Starbucks loyalist, Pour Your Heart into It will let you in on the revolutionary Starbucks venture. CEO Howard Schultz recounts the company's rise in 24 chapters, each of which illustrates such core values as "Winning at the expense of employees is not victory at all."

About the Author:

HOWARD SCHULTZ is the chairman, president, and CEO of Starbucks and the author of the New York Times bestseller Pour Your Heart Into It.

ERIC CONGER has voiced over 150 fiction and nonfiction audiobooks. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Paris, he also works as a writer and playwright ( The Eclectic Society. He lives in Weehawken, New Jersey, with his wife, Gayle, and two children.

DORI JONES YANG is an experienced reporter, writer, and bureau chief for Business Week in New York, Hong Kong, and Seattle.

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