The Pampered Chef: The Story of One of America's Most Beloved Companies (Abridged)

The Pampered Chef: The Story of One of America's Most Beloved Companies (Abridged)

by Doris Christopher, Warren Buffett

Narrated by Doris Christopher

Abridged — 5 hours, 2 minutes

The Pampered Chef: The Story of One of America's Most Beloved Companies (Abridged)

The Pampered Chef: The Story of One of America's Most Beloved Companies (Abridged)

by Doris Christopher, Warren Buffett

Narrated by Doris Christopher

Abridged — 5 hours, 2 minutes

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Overview

At Berkshire Hathaway, we like companies that are easy to understand. Doris Christopher's “keep it simple” approach has a lot to teach anyone who is reaching for the American Dream. Frankly, if I can't understand a company's business, I figure their customers must have a pretty hard time figuring it out, too.

I would challenge anyone on Wall Street to take $3,000 and do what Doris Christopher has done: build a business from scratch into a world-class organization. But follow the simple steps in this book, and it just might happen. Come see me in Omaha when you've put together your own recipe for success; we pay cash and Bershire's check will clear. In the meantime, read this book. Then, read it again.

-- Warren Buffet from the foreword to The Pampered Chef

The Pampered Chef is Doris Christopher's extraordinary account of how she turned an innovative concept and $3,000 investment into a business with annual sales approaching the billion-dollar mark. It is packed with real-life lessons and inspiring insights for small-business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

In 1980 Doris Christopher, a former home economist and teacher, was itching to get back into the workforce after an eight-year hiatus as a stay-at-home mom. Drawing on her personal and professional expertise, and determined to make cooking easier and more convenient for families, she started selling high-quality kitchen tools through cooking demonstrations to groups of women in their homes. Today, the company she started in her basement, The Pampered Chef, is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary and has grown into a corporation with tens of thousands of independent kitchen consultants. Now owned by Berkshire Hathaway, The Pampered Chef's Kitchen Consultants present more than a million Kitchen Shows a year, attended by more than 12 million people.

THE PAMPERED CHEF is the story of the vision, energy, hard work, and chutzpah that drove Christopher and her company to the height of success. She describes her early days as a “one-woman show,” chronicles the company's gradual expansion, its challenges and growing popularity, and the process, offers invaluable advice and sound strategies on how to found and grow a business, including:

Hard learned lessons for start-up entrepreneurs
How to create a business concept and set your priorities
Knowing when to expand and when to slow growth so that demand doesn't overwhelm your operations or supplies
How to counter the naysayers and deal with adversity

Today, as at the company's founding, achieving a better balance between work and family remains central to The Pampered Chef's mission. THE PAMPERED CHEF brings Christopher's recipe for success to women, and men, everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

DEC 05/JAN 06 - AudioFile

An impressive and cheerful foreword by Warren Buffett lays the groundwork for Pampered Chef founder Doris Christopher's account of how a mom-and-pop sales company, first housed in the family basement, grew into a giant commercial operation by selling superior kitchen utensils. Listening to the full background of accomplishments, as well as stories of the occasional wrong step, could be helpful to anyone thinking of starting his/her own business. Like Columbus, Christopher set out for one destination and ended up in another, finding herself the owner of a successful business with a good balance between work and family. A bonus interview with the author and daughter Julie, now part of the management team, is informative and interesting. L.C. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine

DEC 05/JAN 06 - AudioFile

An impressive and cheerful foreword by Warren Buffett lays the groundwork for Pampered Chef founder Doris Christopher's account of how a mom-and-pop sales company, first housed in the family basement, grew into a giant commercial operation by selling superior kitchen utensils. Listening to the full background of accomplishments, as well as stories of the occasional wrong step, could be helpful to anyone thinking of starting his/her own business. Like Columbus, Christopher set out for one destination and ended up in another, finding herself the owner of a successful business with a good balance between work and family. A bonus interview with the author and daughter Julie, now part of the management team, is informative and interesting. L.C. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine

Product Details

BN ID: 2940169175097
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Publication date: 07/05/2005
Edition description: Abridged
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