- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 21, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471271144
- ISBN-13: 978-0471271147
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I Learned Before I Sold to Warren Buffett: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Developing a Highly Successful Company 1st Edition
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"This is 24-carat advice - a real gem for any aspiring entrepreneur."--Harvey Mackay, author of the #1 New York Times best-seller, Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive
"Who better to teach us all about managing and growing a business than Barnett Helzberg? His honesty and up-front perspective on management and business principles should be required reading for a wide audience."--Henry W. Bloch, Cofounder and Honorary Chairman, H&R Block, Inc.
"What I Learned Before I Sold to Warren Buffett is based on thirty-nine years of hard work and experience. It is interesting and instructive, and I highly recommend it." --Bob Dole
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Through hard work and determination, Barnett Helzberg built his small family-owned businessHelzberg Diamondsinto a successful company that caught the attention of Warren Buffett. Buffett was so impressed with the business that in 1995 he decided to purchase Helzberg Diamonds through his holding company Berkshire Hathawayan act that any business owner would consider the ultimate compliment.
Although the chances of receiving a phone call from Warren Buffett are small, the chances of developing a highly successful company are better than you may think. All you need to succeed is a burning desire and the right set of entrepreneurial skills. In What I Learned Before I Sold to Warren Buffett, Barnett Helzberg shares his thirty years of experience in running a successful business and outlines the steps needed to prosper within a challenging business environment.
Divided into six information-packed sectionsManaging, Decision Making, Hiring, Inspiring, Communicating, and FocusingWhat I Learned Before I Sold to Warren Buffett provides a step-by-step approach for developing your own entrepreneurial business sense. Filled with over seventy-five gems of entrepreneurial wisdom, each contained in short, readable chapters, this comprehensive guide offers a proven road map for entrepreneurs and business owners looking to build a solid company that will stand the test of time. Through real-life experiences gleaned by Helzberg on his journey as well as honest insights of other seasoned entrepreneurs, you will receive an unparalleled education on what it takes to get on the right entrepreneurial track and stay there.
- Some of the valuable lessons you will learn include how to:
- Keep and build customers
- Overcome and grow from your mistakes
- Hire the right employee(s), lawyer(s), CPA(s), or other professionals
- Recognize great work and motivate associates
- Listen and negotiate
- Understand the business youre in
Entrepreneurs come in every shape and size, and arise under a variety of different circumstances. Some are made from the moment they open their first lemonade stand. Others are born out of necessityinheriting a family business or getting laid off. Whatever your situation, What I Learned Before I Sold to Warren Buffett will show you how to transform yourself into the entrepreneur youve always wanted to become.
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First, Helzberg's "tips" are hardly insightful. That doesn't mean they are wrong, or flawed, though reasonable people would disagree about some of them. Instead, most suffer from being obvious. This would be acceptable, in my opinion, if this were a narrative of how he and his family and team built the company, which leads me to the second flaw: its structure. The book is structured as 80 "helpful hints," each roughly 3 to 5 pages long, making it extremely disjointed.
If you're a college student studying business, or somebody embarking on an entrepreneurial venture without any experience, this book could prove useful. If you have any experience, however, you are unlikely to find it illuminating.
The author did not build his business all by himself. His father and grandfather preceded him in building the three-generation family business of 143 retail jewelry stores in 23 states. A well-led executive team made it all work beautifully. Helzberg Diamonds set the standard for customer service, earning the loyalty of thousands of customers who contributed to the success of the enterprise.
Helzberg starts his book by telling us that he's a plagiarist. He's collected ideas from many other people, used them to grow his business, and shares them in page after page of philosophy and advice. The book is organized into six sections: Managing, Decision Making, Hiring, Inspiring, Communicating, and Focusing. Each section is a collection of short chapters that deliver this effective CEO's secrets, illustrated with examples from what he and his company accomplished. Each chapter's advice is complemented by a sidebar entitled "Mining for Diamonds"-pithy statements that provide powerful guidance for any business leader. Quotes from a wide range of gurus, mentors, and leaders, offer an additional dose of thought-provoking and inspiring words.
The book is easy for busy entrepreneurs to read. The chapters are short enough to absorb during a break-coffee, bathroom, or deep breath-and tightly written enough so you can glean the concepts quickly. A list of recommended readings and an index add value to the volume. The only feature that might have improved this treasure would be a complete listing in one place of all Helzberg's "Mining for Diamonds" advice. Too bad, you'll have to go through the book chapter by chapter to mine those gems for yourself. The experience will be worthwhile...and probably repeated a few times to gain the full impact of this down-to-earth, almost homespun, recipe book for entrepreneurial success.
I have read a lot of management books and this was one of the easier (less dry) reads. At less than 230 pages, with decent size font, and lots of 1/2 pages, most readers can get through this in a couple of hours. I mean this in a positive way. The author does not waste words or the readers time. Lots of valuable information in here and I highly recommend anyone interested in managing or running a business read this. Helzberg's integrity and genuine nature get across throughout the book.
There are references to First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently in here. That is a great book as well and its influence on Helzberg is clearly evident. Another book he references significantly is Good to Great. I have tried to read that book several times, but have always found it too boring to proceed through.