Ultimately, this is a book about grit and determination. "Building the Home Depot was a tough, uphill battle from the day we started," they write. "No one believed we could do it and very few people trusted our judgment." The two cofounders launched the company only after they were fired by a California hardware retailer because of politics. The Home Depot lost $1 million in its first year of operation in Atlanta. Today it's one of the great successes on Wall Street, with more than 700 stores across the country and 160,000 employees.
One reason the book is so engaging is that it includes corporate anecdotes. A favorite: the company banned wild parties after several employees were demoted and a couple were fired in the wake of a drunken annual managers' meeting. Another yarn involves Sears, which made one of the worst financial mistakes in retailing history when it passed on a deal to purchase Home Depot in the early 1980s. The authors are self-serving at times; for example, they whine too much about paying $104.5 million to dispose of a sex-discrimination lawsuit. But there's no denying the smashing performance of Big Orange. Marcus and Blank paint a story with some sparkling advice for practically anyone in business. --Dan Ring --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One great lesson is the importance of values for success in business and life.
If you've ever been to a HD lately, don't read the book, it will just get you upset next time you walk into one of the stores.
This book is very motivating and inspiring and I highly recommned it to anyone interested in growing a business.
A great book on the founding of this company that truly is in business for the do-it-yourself customer.Published 9 days ago by peter
I was recently recommended this book by a devoted football fan. One of the authors, Arthur Blank, is currently the owner of the Atlanta Falcons. Read morePublished 6 months ago by investingbythebooks
This is excellent and an inspiration to anyone with a dream.Easy to read and easier to want to read more.Published 8 months ago by Jacque Heebner
Actually purchased for a friend who works @ Home Depot but is unfamiliar with those two founding super heroes - Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Thomas A. Hasselbach
Make no mistake, this is white-washed puffery. While the authors admit a few mistakes, and spill a few secrets, this book has been sanitized and scrubbed clean by corporate... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dave Millman
A fascinating story about two determined men who created a business for themselves, the associates and the world
I recommend it to everyone
Interesting read. There is a LOT of name dropping - but they aren't names most would recognize. I am curious to know if these guys are still around... I know Arthur Blank is. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Joanne Newton