Bo Burlingham – Forbes

Contributing Editor

I joined Inc. in January 1983 as a senior editor and became executive editor six months later, a position I held for the next seven years or so. In 1990, I resigned and became editor-at-large for a number of reasons, including my desire to go back to writing. I subsequently wrote two books with Jack Stack, the co-founder and CEO of Springfield Remanufacturing Corp. and the pioneer of open-book management. The first of the books, The Great Game of Business, explains what open-book management is and how it works in practice at the company that does it best. It was named one of the 100 best business books of all time.The other, A Stake in the Outcome, is a book about what it really takes to run an employee-owned company.

Subsequently I wrote three other books. Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big was a finalist for the 2006 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award. I co-authored The Knack:How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up with entrepreneur Norm Brodsky, with whom I write an award-winning column for Inc. My most recent book is Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top. In January 2016, after 32 years at Inc., I was recruited by Forbes to produce an annual Small Giants list of the 25 best small companies in America.

What else? Before joining Inc., I freelanced for various publications, including Esquire, Harper’s, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Mother Jones. I was also managing editor of Ramparts magazine for a while. In 1982, I joined Fidelity Investments, where I wrote for Peter Lynch, Ned Johnson, and other honchos until moving to Inc. I am a graduate of Princeton University, and have been married for 46 years to my wonderful wife, Lisa. We have two children and four grandchildren. We live in Oakland, California.
What else? I’ve been married 35 years to my wonderful wife, Lisa. We have two children and one fabulous grandson, with a granddaughter on the way. We live…well, that’s a long story. Let’s just say I’m always at large.

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