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Since Sam Walton's death in 1992, Wal-Mart has gone from being the largest retailer in the world to holding the top spot on the Fortune 500 list as the largest company in the world. Don Soderquist, who was senior vice chairman during that time, played a crucial role in that success. Sam Walton said, "I tried for almost 20 years to hire Don Soderquist....But when we really needed him later on, he finally joined up and made a great chief operating officer."

Responsible for overseeing many of Wal-Mart's key support divisions, including real estate, human resources, information systems, logistics, legal, corporate affairs, and loss prevention, Soderquist stayed true to his Christian values as well as Wal-Mart's distinct management style. "Probably no other Wal-Mart executive since the legendary Sam Walton has come to embody the principles of the company's culture, or to represent them within the industry, as has Don Soderquist," Discount Store News once reported.

In The Wal-Mart Way, Soderquist shares his story of helping lead a global company from being a $43 billion company to one that would eventually exceed $200 billion. Several books have been written about Wal-Mart's success, but none by the ones who were the actual players. It was more than "Everyday Low Prices" and distribution that catapulted the company to the top. The core values based on Judeo-Christian principles, and maintained by leaders such as Soderquist, are the real reason for Wal-Mart's success.

©2005 Don Soderquist; (P)2005 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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  • Russell
  • CambridgeUnited Kingdom
  • 05-16-06

Eye opener

I'm an Open University business student. This book has been a real eyeopener. The WalMart principles can be adopted by most British businesses to maximise profits. I felt really satisfied reading this book. If you think this book is about American hype that is specific to American culture, you are wrong. I'm serious. Anyone who is interested in starting a business or improving their business, should read this book. I really love the WalMart principles. WalMart is aggressive in protecting and serving its customers. Now what's wrong with that? Nothing really. I tell you, get this book and listen to the the first three chapters. Find out what how Sam Walton rose to meteoric success in business. This book is generous in sharing Sam's core values and principles. This book could be worth several thousand times the cost of it. Whether and how you use it is what matters. I'm thankful to Don Soderquist for sharing so much with us.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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This was great

what an absolutely great accomplishment, great read if you are interested in seeing how a legacy was created.

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  • Bruno
  • CampbelltownAustralia
  • 06-28-05

Easy listen

Wal-Mart does well because people shop there. They obviously know how to keep customers coming back for more. I found this book a great review of the basics of retailing that are so easy to forget when your running a business. A little more detail would've been nice though.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Amazing and Actionable

Thank you for such an insightful, actionable content. I will be putting some into practice

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Super livre que tous devraient lire

Un livre plein d'informations très intéressantes, sur le fonctionnement et la pensée de Walmart. Ça serait utile à toute personne qui s'intéresse ne serait-ce que faiblement au commerce. Mais d'ailleurs à toute personne qui fait partie du monde de la consommation, soit tous !! Ça inspire des belles choses :)

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Sound advice, bad presentation

Wish it were read by a more professional reader and with better sound quality. The content was rather good, with some great ways to handle business and challenges.

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A must read for any management professional.

Don shares the principles and values that made Walmart great, and teaches the reader how to apply them to their own business for impact. This is a great book that encapsulates the essential leadership skills that are essential to the success of every business.

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  • BH FL
  • Deerfield Beach, FL
  • 03-19-08

Not what I thought it would be

In all honesty I was disappointed with this book. I thought I would learn the entire history of how Wal-Mart was created. Instead of got a book on what they call "The Wal-Mart Way".

Wal-Mart has 10 rules by which they run their massive business. Most of them sound too "apple pie" for me. If you believe the author, then we have a case for "nice guys" coming in first.

Look elsewhere if you want a history of Wal-Mart.

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interesting one sided book

an interesting one sided look at walmart and it's impact upon american and americans.
Lots of questions can be asked from the story that are not answered and it certainly paints walmart in a very good light, but it was informative and interesting.

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  • Mark
  • Huntington, NY, United States
  • 07-24-05

Interesting story

the book is a simplistic yet interesting story how walmart achieved their success. if you are in business you will find this to be an incredible story on how a company can achieve and maintain the success on such a large scale. whether you like or dislike walmart it truly is an incredible story and the author paints a picture how it was achieved in a very humble manner.

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