The Poetry of Small Business: An Accidental Entrepreneur's Search for Meaning by Timothy Askew
The Poetry of Small Business redefines entrepreneurship as a unique vehicle for creating personal meaning in a chaotic and spiritually unmoored world. It defines the business journey as a reward in itself. While full of practical advice for commercial process, The Poetry of Small Business is ultimately about business as vocation---business as a vehicle of calling, centering, and freedom, as well as for profit. It is about finding integrity, worldly meaning, personal dignity, and spiritual reality through an activity most people would associate with the quotidian and the earthbound. Author Timothy Askew describes his success as an accidental businessman much like "Alice tumbling down her rabbit hole, into a world where all assumptions are turned upside down." The Poetry of Small Business generously shares Timothy's experience of business as grace.
"I have long been an admirer and reader of Tim Askew's wonderful weekly blog, Making Rain, and so I am hardly surprised to find that The Poetry of Small Business is a beautifully written ode to entrepreneurship, filled with piercing insights into and wise reflections on the entrepreneurial life. But don't be misled by the title: This book is also an immensely practical guide to getting the most out of your business." Bo Burlingham, editor-at-large of Inc. Magazine and best-selling author of Small Giants and Finish Big
"Tim Askew has a gift for identifying and naming topics on the minds of entrepreneurs---and then providing fresh perspectives that make you stop and think differently." Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and NY Times best-selling author of Setting the Table
"If you want to know what it's really like to be an entrepreneur, read this. And if you want hints about success, real hints, real success, then really read this book again. Slowly."Howard Moskowitz, Chairman, Mind Genomics Associates and author of NY Times best-seller Selling Blue ElephantsRead a review by Chad R. Allen: Best Business Book I've Read in a Long Time
About The Author
Timothy Askew is the Founder and CEO of Corporate Rain International, an elite international sales outsourcing and consulting firm. He is a founding member of the Inc. Business Owners’ Council in New York and a weekly columnist for Inc. Magazine.He also writes a popular personal blog on meaning and entrepreneurship called Making Rain . Timothy writes from his heart with an original passion that is rarely seen in business writing. His book is startlingly honest, personally vulnerable, and spiritually powerful. In his free time, Timothy mentors other entrepreneurs and serves on several boards, both non-profit and for-profit. He is an ordained minister, as well as a published poet and occasional public speaker. Timothy’s picaresque working life has included stints as a tennis pro, a dish washer, a nude artist's model, a bartender, an event planner, an opera singer, and a Broadway producer. In his younger days he appeared as an actor in leading roles on Broadway and on tour, as well as on the soap opera Another World on NBC. Timothy holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Emory University. He also has an M.A. in Education from Claremont Graduate School in California. The Poetry of Small Business: An Accidental Entrepreneur's Search for Meaning is Timothy’s first book.
Mr. Askew's firm, Corporate Rain International, is a bespoke, discreet outsourced sales boutique specializing in high-end sales initiation with real decision-makers at corporations. His company has a long-term reputation for ethics, client care, ROI, and executive tonality, and has been recognized as the top boutique executive sales outsourcer in the US. Corporate Rain's clients include such names as Columbia Business School, AiG, Sungard, AT&T, Gallup, Mercer, Shire Pharma, Sanofi, Harvard University, Emory University, Charles River, Wells Fargo, Marsh, Kroll, PBS, The Smithsonian, Alzheimer's Association, Easter Seals, and 800 others in 19 years. It's quality and process has been recognized in such places as Crain’s, WSJ, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, SmartCEO, The CEO Forum, and NY Enterprise Report Magazine.