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Raising the Bar


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Table of Contents

P rologue.

1 Send Them Home
(Or, Why Walk Away From $60 Million?)

2 The Epiphany Ride
(The Early Years of Clif Bar).

3 A Drifting Boat
(Getting Clif Back on Course).

4 White Road / Red Road
(A Philosophy for Life and Business).

5 Tales From the Road
(Nine Lessons and a Love Story).

6 Solo Climbing
(Maintaining Control for the Long Haul).

7 Sustaining Our Living Company
(Five Aspirations Business Model).

8 Moments of Magic
(The Jazz of Business).






About the Authors.

About the Author

Gary Erickson is the founder and owner of Clif Bar Inc., a company that made the Inc. 500-Inc. magazine's list of the fastestgrowing privately held companies four years running. Clif Bar Inc. remains one of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. He has been featured in People magazine, Inc. magazine, Health, Fortune Small Business, the San Francisco Chronicle, Reader's Digest, and in numerous other publications. Erickson is a frequent speaker in a wide variety of venues and has won numerous awards. He brings his background as a competitive cyclist, jazz musician, world traveler, gourmet cook, mountain climber, wilderness guide, and father to Raising the Bar. Gary Erickson lives in northern California with his wife, children, horses, dogs, and bikes. Lois Ann Lorentzen is professor of social ethics at the University of San Francisco. She serves on the board of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas, and the Religion and Immigration Project. She has seven books to her credit, contributes frequently to magazines and journals, and has won numerous academic awards.
Erickson and Lorentzen first met while working for Sierra Treks, a wilderness organization. Over the course of their twenty-fiveyear friendship they have climbed mountains together, bicycled, skied, winter-camped, and talked about the dreams and values that define Clif Bar Inc. and Raising the Bar.

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