Mean Business: How I Save Bad Companies and Make Good Companies Great

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He's been dubbed "Chainsaw Al" and "Rambo in Pinstripes." He has also been hailed by Barrons as "America's premier turnaround artist." Now, Al Dunlap, who transformed the once-ailing Scott Paper into a Wall Street success story, shares his battle-tested strategies for revitalizing sluggish companies in Mean Business. Here is the inside story of Dunlap's quest to make Scott once again a world-class competitor. Along the way, Dunlap provides invaluable, must-read lessons for everyone struggling to meet the tough, competitive challenges of today's business world.

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Al Dunlap, whose corporate behavior has earned him nicknames like The Shredder, took over as CEO of Scott Paper when the venerable paper goods manufacturer was on the brink of death. His ultimately successful efforts at corporate resuscitation are recounted in his typically colorful and exhilarating manner in Mean Business: How I Save Bad Companies and Make Good Companies Great, written with Bob Andelman.

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an original: an outspoken, irascible executive with an incredible track record of injecting new life into tired companies. The business media have coined a new verb--"to dunlap"--when describing a fast company turnaround. In April 1994 he became CEO and chairman of Scott Paper, which had lost $277 million in 1993, was on credit watch for excessive debt, and whose stock had been comatose for seven years. In a mere nineteen months, Scott had record earnings, the stock had increased in value by $6.5 billion (over 200 percent), and Dunlap merged Scott with Kimberly-Clark in a stock swap that valued Scott at $9 billion and created the second largest consumer-products company in the United States.

Mean Business combines Dunlap's colorful personal history--his working-class background, employment, friendship with such people as Sir James Goldsmith and George Soros, his views on why too many executives think of themselves as corporate royalty--and his provocative ideas on management an

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