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About Stephen C. Harper
Stephen C. Harper, Ph.D. is a best-selling author, award-winning professor, entrepreneur, former President of four organizations, consultant, speaker, and seminar leader. He has written eight books on leadership and entrepreneurship. The McGraw-Hill Guide to Starting Your Own Business is a best seller. The first edition was a featured selection for numerous book clubs. The second edition continues to be popular - including the Chinese edition - for people who want to start a lifestyle business. Extraordinary Entrepreneurship: The Professional's Guide to Starting an Exceptional Enterprise is targeted for professionals in established organizations who are thinking about starting a high-growth business. The Ever-Evolving Enterprise: Guidelines for Creating Your Company's Future was launched in 2011. Taking Your Business to the Next Level and Beyond: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Developing an Exceptional Enterprise was launched in July, 2012. His latest book, Here's to the Crazy Entrepreneurs: Is Entrepreneurism a Mental Disorder? was launched in 2013.
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The bestselling first edition of The McGraw-Hill Guide to Starting Your Own Business sold more than 75,000 copies, and took the reader step-by-step through the entire process of starting a new venture. This completely revised second edition once again shows entrepreneurs the keys to determining the best business opportunities, creating a business plan, and formulating a winning marketing strategy. In addition, it now profiles alternative sources of funding from SBA loans to angel investors and provides valuable do's and don'ts from over one hundred entrepreneurs.
Managing growth can be like traversing a minefield. One misstep and your emerging business can be in serious trouble. Growing too fast can spell disaster. Growing too slow can result in missed opportunities.
Entrepreneurs cannot afford to approach managing growth with a learning by doing and/or a trial and error approach. If you do not have the skills and ability, then you could be your firm’s worst enemy. As an entrepreneur, consultant, speaker, award-winning educator, and best-selling author, Dr. Stephen C. Harper helps guide you through the minefield. His latest book:
•Blends the latest thinking with timeless ideas.
•Provides numerous lists, examples, guidelines, tips, insights, and cautions that will make the difference between thriving and just surviving.
•Features hundreds of “Reality Checks” that challenge your assumptions and practices.
•Concludes with insightful and candid “Do”s and “Don’t”s from numerous entrepreneurs.
Early reviews from entrepreneurs of high-growth ventures include: “"Great book! A must read for any new or seasoned entrepreneur,” "Dr. Harper's candid insight guides any entrepreneur through the hard realities of growth.” “An enjoyable, inspiring, and timely read.” “Dr. Harper approaches you as a Board of Advisors would, by providing you and your business with solid guidance, direction, and experience.” “He encourages you to face the realities of obstacles and warning signs inherent in the business growth cycle as well as provides the motivation and road map to plan for your company’s future.” “Dr. Harper presents the essential elements of success in a thought provoking format that is sure to make an immediate impact on the way you do business. This book is not about quick fixes or growth at any cost.” “Dr. Harper's book offers keen insight about how to create a fast growth company that provides actual value to the marketplace opposed to short-minded strategies on "quick flip" exits,” "Dr. Harper's 'Reality Checks' force you to truly look at your business thru the eyes of your customers, your employees and your competition.” “Dr. Harper has done a remarkable job putting together the best subject matter for taking your business to The Next Level and Beyond.”
This is The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Developing an Exceptional Enterprise
Real entrepreneurs are the ones who think and act differently. They are the ones who see opportunities that others cannot see.
Real entrepreneurs are not like “normal” people. They are the “crazy ones” Steve Jobs described in Apple’s Think Different ad who change the world. They are the ones who like operating “at the edge without a net.” They identify with Karl Wallenda –the great high wire artist – when he said, "Life is on the wire, the rest is just waiting.”
They are the ones who cannot retire. Their lives revolve around sensing and seizing opportunities. While most people think the greatest frustration for entrepreneurs involves seeking sufficient funding, their greatest frustration is that the opportunity clock is always ticking. As one entrepreneur noted, “There are so many opportunities, but so little time.” Instead of celebrating their entrepreneurial successes, they go to their grave thinking about the opportunities they did not seize.
They are the ones who know entrepreneurship is not a spectator sport. Real entrepreneurs are like moths driven to the flame. Their opportunity radar is always scanning the marketplace for situations where people are not having their needs met well enough or at all. They know that for every problem, every sense of frustration, and every source of pain, there is a potential entrepreneurial opportunity.
They are the ones who sense what people want before they know it. They are the ones who find a way to make possible what others consider impossible.
They are the ones who are willing to “step into the darkness” and to “take the leap of faith.” They are like explorers. They thrive on “Boldly going where no one has gone.” In a world full of path takers, they are the path makers.
They are the ones who create ventures that change the way the game is played. They are the ones who create firms that disrupt markets and create new markets.
They are the serial entrepreneurs who constantly think about their “next venture(s)” while managing their current venture. They are the multipreneurs who create and run multiple ventures rather than having just one business at a time.
Normal people cannot understand what drives real entrepreneurs. The only people who understand real entrepreneurs are other entrepreneurs. Here’s to the Crazy Entrepreneurs takes the reader into the minds of the people who change the marketplace and who, in some cases, change the world.
Stephen C. Harper demonstrates an uncanny insight in to what makes entrepreneurs tick. In his latest book, Here’s to the Crazy Entrepreneurs he investigates whether entrepreneurism is a mental disorder or if “normal” people are actually the ones who are crazy by risking their mortgages, careers, and future by working for someone else.