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How to Run Your Business by The Book: A Biblical Blueprint to Bless Your Business Hardcover – August 17, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470496428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470496428
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

When you face personal challenges, you turn to the Holy Bible for spiritual guidance. But when you need guidance for running your business well and successfully, where can you turn?

You might be surprised to learn that the Bible doesn't just provide guidance on living your life, but also on running a successful business. In How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK, famed leadership guru Dave Anderson reveals powerful biblical wisdom for transforming the people, culture, and results of your business. He culls timeless leadership principles from the Good Book to help you build a rock-solid foundation for long-term business success.

Even if you read the Bible regularly, it's easy to miss the powerful leadership and business lessons peppered throughout it. But the Bible is packed with commonsense business wisdom on such topics as hiring and training good people, managing money, creating a leadership vision, balancing the demands of work and family, and achieving your most ambitious business goals. These wise and timeless principles will lead your business to the top of the mountain—if you're only willing to open your heart and lead with courage.

In How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK, you'll discover:

  • Four mandates to maximize your time

  • How to overcome the #1 cause of management failure

  • Five steps to building rock-solid integrity

  • The "High Five" principles for elevating your people skills

  • How to manage your money by THE BOOK

  • Four steps to create life-work balance

  • Four steps to build a team by THE BOOK

This book tackles all the vital issues of business from a biblical standpoint, providing Christian insights and strategies that you can put to work in your business immediately. This nondenominational guide is God's playbook for the successful day-to-day operation of your business. Here, you'll learn to overcome your ego and lead with courage, strength, fairness, and faith—and that's good business.

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Praise for How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK

"For Christians in business, this book is an invaluable resource! Dave Anderson is a great business coach and we have benefited greatly from his books and seminars. The combination of biblical lessons with his amazing approach to business issues has created essential reading for young as well as seasoned business leaders."
—Sir Peter Vardy, Chairman, The Vardy Group of Companies

"Dave freely shares business secrets that are?both biblical and glorifying to God. If only I would have known of these practical time-tested principles twenty years ago. A must-read for anyone who is called into the ministry of business!"
—Aurelio F. Barreto III, founder and CEO, C28/NOTW

"You don't have to be religious to appreciate the valuable lessons for life and business found in the Bible. In his new book, my friend, Dave Anderson, has captured some of the most meaningful examples of this ancient wisdom and combined it with his twenty-first century perspectives to help you find success in the marketplace and in life."
—Jim Blasingame, small business expert, author, columnist, and host of

The Small Business Advocate® Show

"Dave Anderson has done a magnificent job of?creating and presenting high-impact business strategies based?upon biblical?principles! Applying?this blueprint will quickly?elevate your personal leadership and transform your organization's results."
—Doug Carter, Senior Vice President, EQUIP


More About the Author

Dave is president of Dave Anderson's LearnToLead, an international sales and leadership training and consulting company. Prior to beginning LearnToLead, Dave enjoyed an extensive and successful career in the automotive retail industry.

Dave has given over 1,000 workshops and speeches over the past decade on sales and leadership development and has spoken in fifteen countries.

Dave is author of twelve books, including the TKO Business Series, Up Your Business, If You Don't Make Waves You'll Drown , How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK, and How to Lead by THE BOOK.

He authors a monthly leadership column for two national magazines and his interviews and articles have appeared in hundreds of publications including: The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily and US News & World Report. He was a featured speaker at the NADA Convention for ten straight years and is a frequent panelist on MSNBC's Your Business show. Please visit www.LearnToLead.com to learn more about Dave as well as gain over 500 free training articles and videos on sales, management and leadership!

Dave is also a martial arts enthusiast who holds a black belt in Tang Soo Do karate.

Dave, along with his wife Rhonda, is the co-founder of the Matthew 25:35 Foundation, whose mission is to bring food, housing, clothing, healing, and ministry to under-resourced and imprisoned people worldwide. Please visit, www.facebook.com/M2535F for more information.

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For those who want to use their business to spread the gospel throughout the workplace and beyond, this is the book for you.
Jason Nisly
You can trust this advice, it comes from two excellent sources, Anderson's practical,successful experience and the spiritual, time-tested wisdom of the Bible.
Plurktwo
After reading this book, I am now using it in my daily quiet times to change my actions and attitudes to conform with scripture.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Randy Pennington on August 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Dave Anderson has written an excellent book. If you are a person of faith, this book will resonate with you and provide practical examples of how to live your beliefs every day. If you are not a person of faith, How to Run Your Business by The Book is still worth your attention. Dave Anderson's books are known for providing top-quality information with immediate take-away value. This book is no different. It is spiritual but not preachy. It is substantive and yet easy to read. Chapter 4 (Five Steps to Build a Rock-Solid Character) is especially important in a world where leaders in every walk of life self-destruct in front of our eyes. Anderson's five steps are (1) Don't tell "white lies;" (2) Keep your commitments; (3) Go the second mile; (4) Don't give false impressions; and (5)Reconcile and forgive immediately. If you are tempted to write off these ideas as simplistic and out-of-touch with today's reality, consider this: where would we be as a society if every person actually followed these five steps? Where would our economy be today? How would the trust in our institutions and leaders be improved? I highly recommend this book. Its relevance extends beyond running a business. It is a plan for leading a life.
Randy G. Pennington
Author, On My Honor, I Will: The Journey to INTEGRITY-DRIVEN® Leadership
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ben Ukemenam on August 14, 2010
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Dave's book is an excellent write-up for anyone in business whether you are a person of faith or not. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in laying his/her business on a solid foundation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason Nisly on November 10, 2009
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Dave's new book has the potential of having the greatest impact of any book i'ver ever read, next to the Bible, of course. Dave uses unique words to make his points direct and very impactful. It's full of Biblical gems and truths that often times are not shared by pastors, and deffinately not be employers. Dave is not fearful of offending people by speaking the truth; and i respect that.

I bought the book for my grandkids also. I share a lesson a week via phone with my grand-daughter who is a swimmer at K.U.

Congratulations Dave, you were obedient and followed God's WORD even into the marketplace. By writing this book, you will have blessed many.

For those who want to use their business to spread the gospel throughout the workplace and beyond, this is the book for you. Lee Yoder - Greeley Colorado
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 21, 2009
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This book is a must read for anyone currently in leadership or who aspires to be a leader. Dave does an amazing job of using biblical truths to drive home how a leader who desires to follow Christ should conduct themselves.

After reading this book, I am now using it in my daily quiet times to change my actions and attitudes to conform with scripture. Hebrews says the Word of God is sharper than a two edged sword dividing to the joints and marrow and the soul and spirit. Dave uses this sword to cut to the heart of many leadership failures.

This book is a must for any library!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dean M. Palmer on September 21, 2009
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Dave Anderson's book "Business by the Book" is his best one yet. I read "Business by the Book" in three sittings over the weekend. I highlighted and wrote notes all over it. This book is a great road map for bringing my personal and spirital beliefs in line with my business, management and leadership practices. The book takes lessons, concept and pricipals from the Bible and gives you simple, direct and effective ways to apply them to your business life today. Since reading, I have purchased copies for friends and family members who manage people or own businesses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By blackprincess on September 18, 2013
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I can't put it down. It has such great insight into the Godly principles that all businesses should be using.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marty Raymond on February 11, 2013
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An unbelievably great book that shares time tested priciples in an easy to understand manner. Read it and implement it as it has simple real life application!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 4, 2013
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If u want motivation and own your own business this one will help you meet your goals and keep you motivated
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