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EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches [Hardcover]

Dave Ramsey
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Sept. 20 2011
Your company is only as strong as your leaders. These are the men and women doing battle daily beneath the banner that is your brand. Are they courageous or indecisive? Are they serving a motivated team or managing employees? Are they valued?

Your team will never grow beyond you, so here’s another question to consider.  Are you growing? Whether you’re sitting at the CEO’s desk, the middle manager’s cubicle, or a card table in your living-room-based startup, EntreLeadership provides the practical, step-by-step guidance to grow your business where you want it to go. Dave opens up his championship playbook for business to show you how to:

•             Inspire your team to take ownership and love what they do

•             Unify your team and get rid of all gossip

•             Handle money to set your business up for success

•             Reach every goal you set

•             And much, much more!

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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.)

“I love this book! One minute Dave sounds like a Harvard prof, and the next minute he is coming at you like an alley fighter! Either way you will wind up being a better leader.” —Bill Hybels, senior pastor, Willow Creek Community Church (Bill Hybels, senior pastor, Willow Creek Community Church)

"You know Dave Ramsey as the financial genius on television and radio who doles out those excruciatingly practical nuggets of wisdom. But there's way more to Dave than financial advice. Meet Dave Ramsey, the business pioneer and entrepreneur. Dave leads a world-class organization filled with some of the sharpest young leaders you will find anywhere. And in EntreLeadership, he tells us how he did it. Thanks, Dave!" —Andy Stanley, Founding Pastor, North Point Community Church (Andy Stanley, Founding Pastor, North Point Community Church)

"Popular talk-show host and bestselling author Ramsey shoots business leadership advice straight from the hip in a substantive title refreshingly devoid of theory. Decent advice for small-business entrepreneurs." —Kirkus Reviews (Kirkus Reviews)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about business July 26 2013
By Jacob
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This was probably the first book about business and leadership that I read. I think it has a lot of good information about how to develop your business. I think this book could help transform your business if you follow the principles in it. Great Book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical application for the business leader who puts integrity above all else. Sept. 28 2011
By Mike Larson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am a small business leader, owner. I don't plan on running a 500 person company, or a 50 person company. I have 15 people and I want to be a better leader, and keeping things simple. I know my character is the driving force behind whether i succeed or not.

I do want to grow my company! However I do believe in Dave's philosophy of not letting debt own you. Growing your business debt free means you have some freedoms, maybe you don't start out of the gate a larger company, but you start out stronger financially in terms of freedom.

So I chose to attend the Entreleadership workshop in Nashville 2 years ago. That rocked my world. I came away with 28 pages of typed notes, and a binder full of notes and thoughts. I condensed my notes into 6 pages of action items (another still learned from Entre).

Whatever you learn is worthless unless you apply it. I felt equipped to maintain the character needed to sustain leading my team with an entrepreneurial leadership style that Dave encourages. Its one thing to read a business book and get all hyped up about some new method or networking practice.

When it comes down to it, people hire people they like. Entreleadship taught me how to be the leader that attracts the right people, how to be the right person, before you grow the right company, because as its well known, "how you are in the small things, is how you are in the large things".

The Entre wisdom is amazingly simple, profound, and biblical. Its not a calculated hype. It works, and was one of the best returns on the money and time I spent in terms of business material to help me grow, and be profitable.

Still to this day, we utilize, EntreLeadership principles in our daily workplace. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to use their business to grow their character, and their character to shape their leadership and their leadership to grow their business.

Thanks Dave.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If it didn't have Dave's name on it, this would not have such glowing reviews. Feb. 21 2012
By adammvega - Published on Amazon.com
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Full disclosure - I love Dave Ramsey and I believe his teachings are beyond beneficial to the often jaded public of today. I would recommend his work to nearly every person out there, but if brand new and interested in running a business I think "Financial Peace" is the way to go, compared to this one. "Entreleadership" was not a bad book by any means; it provided classic Dave Ramsey insight and addresses a gap in business that is often overlooked. Having said that, "Entreleadership" would be a mediocre business/entrepreneurial book at best, but is receiving RIDICULOUS claims in these reviews simply because it says Dave Ramsey on it. If you're like me and interpret the word "entrepreneur", however incorrect it may be, as meaning a relatively small or upstart business where the owner is just scrapping for everything they get, then this book is not for you; not right now at least. I stated earlier that this book addresses a gap in business, and it does, but not for a "small" business. I feel this book is directed to a small business that is rocketing towards major corporate stardom and thus at risk of losing its identity, its connection with their employees, and the manager losing their own identity. Much of the content in this book would have been nicely stated in a chapter or two in a more detailed startup book because if you want to run a team you should know this stuff. So if you are thinking this is a book that will help you in starting and running a small business, think again. But if you are an established small business and losing your identity (or afraid of one day losing your identity) then I highly recommend this book. And if you're just interested in business and want a book to read then pull the trigger, all of Dave's works are worth reading at least once.
116 of 132 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Work on Leadership in Business: Very Good, But not Great Sept. 20 2011
By Fr. Charles Erlandson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Even though I'm not a businessman, I'm very interested in leadership and have read a lot of works on leadership. I've also learned so much from Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University that I thought surely Dave's newest work, "EntreLeadership" would be worth my money.

"EntreLeadership," is a good book on leadership in business. But I don't feel it's a great one. He has, as always, a lot of good practical knowledge that he's willing to share with us. But it's usually not something I haven't read elsewhere in books on leadership or related literature. So, yes, the book's probably worth buying, but it didn't seem to be as excellent in its genre as is Dave's "Financial Peace." There is a lot of excellent basic material here on leadership, goals, organization, working with people, etc. But it's not especially original or compelling. And it's not very in-depth, largely because Dave deals with so many topics all in one book. Still, "EntreLeadership" is a good, one-stop place for good, basic advice on many subjects related to leadership and business. Almost everyone will find something of value in it, especially businessmen looking for a proven, practical vision with integrity.

What Dave shares in this book is his "playbook" for business success, divided up into 15 topics.

Dave sets out first to define what an "EntreLeader" is. It's kind of an ugly word, but Dave feels that what he wanted in business from himself and others was people who had the good characteristics of both leaders and entrepreneurs. So what is an EntreLeader? I'm glad you asked! According to Dave, they're people who can be:
Passionately serving
Mavericks who have integrity
Disciplined risk takers
Courageous while humble
Motivated visionaries
Driven while loyal
Influential learners

Dave concludes Chapter 1 by discussing some of the characteristics of leaders, such as power, the need to be servants, and passion. There's some good stuff here, but it's not really original or uniquely compelling.

In Chapter 2, Dave walks us from Dreams to Visions to Mission Statements and Goals. Again, there's good wisdom here, but it's not really unique, and he doesn't spend a lot of time on each. He spends the most time on goals (I won't rehearse what he says here), and it's good material that almost anyone will benefit from. But once again, it's not groundbreaking or original stuff you can't get elsewhere.

Chapter 3 deals with time management and organization. This is something I'm naturally good enough at but not nearly as good as I ought to be. So I learned some new tricks in this chapter - or, more accurately - was motivated to make a better effort to apply what I already know.

The rest of the chapters follow suit in giving good and even excellent advice, but possibly material you've heard before. I have less experience with business than with leading or dreaming, so I can't speak as specifically to the parts that deal specifically with business (such as Chapters 7, 13, and 14). But from what I can tell, they're good solid material for running a business, if that's what I did. I particularly like the chapter on selling (such as Chapters 7, 8, 11, and 12) because in these chapters Dave shows how business can be done with integrity. I like as well the way that throughout he demonstrates a genuine interest in the people who work for him (this especially came out in a touching story in Chapter 7 about someone Dave hired who couldn't live off the salary he could afford to pay her) and those he is serving. These chapters, dealing with people, are probably his strongest chapters because he highlights the need to serve the people around you and not exalt yourself at their expense.

A lot of what Dave says applies, even if you're not in business. For example, any leader can benefit from Dave's philosophy in Chapter 11 that as leaders we must put people first and that the way to judge this is by the Golden Rule. It's good advice to remember, as he teaches in Chapter 12, that we should remember to recognize people. I know that personally, I thrive on appropriate and deserved recognition. In Chapter 12, Dave provides a list of various ways we can actually do this for others. Most of these, such as casting a vision, storytelling, passion, and example, are ways of recognizing others that you could use outside of business, too.

There's much more I could say, but by now you've gotten an idea of the value of the book.

The remainder of the book is organized this way (I'm giving the gist of each chapter, and not the fancy titles):

Chapter 4 - Making Decisions
Chapter 5 - Great Marketing
Chapter 6 - Launching Your Dream
Chapter 7 - Hiring and Firing
Chapter 8 - Selling by Serving
Chapter 9 - Financial Peace for Business
Chapter 10 - Great Communication and Great Companies
Chapter 11 - People Matter Most
Chapter 12 - Recognizing and Inspiring Employees
Chapter 13 - Contracts, Vendors, and Collections
Chapter 14 - Compensation Plans
Chapter 15 - Delegating

I recommend "EntreLeadership" as a good, big picture, book that will help leaders and businessman lead and innovate with greater integrity and skill.
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with advice you can apply immediately Sept. 20 2011
By JenS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book works whether you lead a team at work or lead your family at home. I love how he puts so clearly into perspective the big things that matter when it comes to business and leadership. While many of these things we know, the examples and practical application provided in EntreLeadership make it well worth keeping this book handy on the shelf. It's a great road map for business and leadership of all types.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man vs. Wild for Small Business Nov. 14 2011
By B. Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a CPA, I am very pleased to see good advice presented for an under-served topic: Leadership and management in a small business setting. This book presents practical advice for someone looking to start a new business or take their small business to the next level. This book would be a great gift for a small business owner who did not get "formal" business training.

OK - Dave Ramsey will not make business school obsolete with one book, just like Man vs. Wild will not eliminate the Air Force survival school (SERE). But the result is the same: a guy with a lot of training and experience shows you how he overcame specific situations using his head and the tools at hand. If you feel like you've been dropped behind enemy lines in your new business, you will glean some great information and ideas from reading this book.

Having said that, MBAs and experienced corporate professionals who read this book will probably find that they already well versed with about a third or half of the information presented, having spent at least one-thousand times the cost of this book for formal training. (And Army Rangers sometimes yawn watching Man vs. Wild.) But even seasoned professionals will find some key insights into the unique problems of getting a small startup off the ground.
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