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EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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"Full of excellent anecdotes and practical tips on entrepreneurship, hirings and firings, and leadership at its best. This book is quintessentially Ramsey." —Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me)
“Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership speaks right to the heart of business leaders, showing not just the ‘how tos,’ but also the ‘why tos’ that apply to any sized business, from a garage-based startup to a powerhouse market leader. And by the way, I’m the biggest Dave Ramsey acolyte ever!” —Dr. Arthur B. Laffer, economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan (Dr. Arthur B. Laffer, economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan)
“Entrepreneurs are needed in America now more than ever—but there’s a big difference between starting a company and leading one. And there’s an even bigger difference between a company that’s valuable and one that has values. But Dave has figured out the recipe to being both things at once, and his lessons are invaluable.” —Glenn Beck, #1 New York Times bestselling author (Glenn Beck, #1 New York Times bestselling author)
“Dave Ramsey has taken commonsense leadership principles and made them uncommonly practical, useful, and life changing. His straightforward and plain-talk approach is refreshing. Even more admirable is that his advice is not a bunch of leadership fru-fru fluff, but it's solid and substantive.” —Mike Huckabee, former governor, FOX News host (Mike Huckabee, former governor, FOX News host)
“Every entrepreneur is searching for the elusive formula that perfectly blends the creativity of the start-up with the leadership qualities to guide a growing team. Dave Ramsey reveals the ingredients in EntreLeadership, a guide for the complete business leader.” —S. Truett Cathy, founder and CEO, Chick-fil-A, Inc. (S. Truett Cathy, founder and CEO, Chick-fil-A, Inc.)
“Throughout my career, I’ve been blessed to spend time with millions of quality leaders at practically every level of every industry—and I haven’t met one yet that could not benefit from the clear, practical business principles Dave lays out in EntreLeadership!” —John Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author (John Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author)
“Wisdom equals knowledge plus scars. If it is your passion to be successful in business, it would be foolish not to listen to the wisdom of someone who has done so for decades. As I read, I kept thinking, Yes! This is right on the money!” —Jeff Foxworthy, comedian, television and radio personality, author (Jeff Foxworthy, comedian, television and radio personality, author)
“Dave Ramsey is a straight-shooting, no-nonsense, faith-anchored blessing to our world. Each time he speaks, millions of us listen up and learn. Dave leads one of America’s most successful organizations. Learn from his common sense counsel. You’ll be glad you did.” —Max Lucado, New York Times bestselling author (Max Lucado, New York Times bestselling author)
“How do I know Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership book can help every small business? Because my son, as CEO of our company, attended Dave’s EntreLeadership ultimate business experience and applied the principles in our company with dramatic results. The difference is bigger than black and white—the difference is between red and black!” —Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker, New York Times bestselling author (Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker, New York Times bestselling author)
“Over a thousand Hobby Lobby employees have proudly benefited from Financial Peace University for several years. Now I am excited to learn about EntreLeadership, which provides great insight on how to become a successful Entrepreneur leader.” —David Green, CEO and founder, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (David Green, CEO and founder, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.)
About the Author
Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. He’s authored three New York Times bestselling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, and The Total Money Makeover. His latest book, EntreLeadership, releases in September 2011. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 4.5 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at DaveRamsey.com.
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If I hadn't read this book last year, there's no way I would be where I am today. I wouldn't have had a plan, been able to motivate employees, or handle the growth we experienced. I even had one of my employees read certain chapters of this book throughout the year to get us on the same page and help him grow in his leadership capabilities. I'm planning to read it again this year in order to try to take my business to the next level again. I compiled in the back a list of other books that he cited in the book as I read - in itself it is a great bibliography for business and leadership. And be sure not to miss the bonus chapters online, they're just as good as the rest of the book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who owns a business or is in management to any degree.
May of the principles that apply to running a business also apply to running your life. For example, chapter 2 focuses on dreams, mission and purposes statements, and the like. Everyone, including freelance writers, need to have a solid grip on what their purposes is. Like "Fiddler on the Roof," each of us must determine "who he is and what God expects him to do."
And chapter 3 is about time management and prioritization. Freelance writers, as all other people, need to know what comes first, what come second, and what the big things are in in life. Are we doing the most important things we need to be doing day by day?
Chapters 8 and 10 also apply to me. They focuses on salesmanship, and marketing. Ramsey proclaims that the key to marketing is service. If you serve people, then sales will take care of themselves. Writers sell their articles and books and manuscripts. The sale pattern--qualification, rapport, education/information, close--can help writers, or anyone, get heir message and manuscript out in the open (167).
And chapter 9, on money and budgets. Freelancers have irregular income. Therefore we need to take special care to have our cash flow under control, and that we are sticking to the irregular income budget.
So the key things is to find relevant principles, and see how they apply to your work. A person like me can even use the latter chapters that focus on the nuts-and-bolts of running a business. This is the concept of "YOU, inc."
One of the books sportiest features are the smart-phone videos. Those newfangled 3D bar codes are in the book. And, if like me, you do not have newfangled gizmos, you can get the videos online. An upgrade from the DVD in Covey's book.
The book does have some weaknesses. In Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great, Jim Collins makes the point that business thinking may not be the answer for private-sector or religious-sector problems. So must must adapt things. This book has the same weakness, but also the same potential--if we are astute.
Another has to do with wisdom. Although Ramsey warns us no to "freak out" and assets that "you are not about to enter the Christian theology of business zone" (3)(Business By The Book: Complete Guide of Biblical Principles for the Workplace), he has 8 quotes from Proverbs--which is Jewish scripture (Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money). He has the same ticklishness that Covey has with his Mormonism: their values drive their books and success, but they are shy about "coming out of the closet."
Also, this book does not discuss wisdom. Dave has wisdom, and he seeks wisdom (86), but he does not talk about wisdom as part of his success. Compare this to Covey's "The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness," which proclaims that the Information Age with give way to the Wisdom Age. Wisdom is crucial, since it is the basis for mission statements and prioritization.
When I set this book down, I had the feeling that I had just read a one-volume MBA.
And that may be true.
Very good insights into running and growing a business. Unique from other biz books.
This supports One Minute Manager books in terms of respecting employees while still being real with them.
Many useful ideas in here Ramsey has used.