2013 Reading business productivity

Reading 2013: EntreLeadership

April 5, 2013


There are a lot of books on leadership, small business, and entrepreneurship these days. There are even a good number of books by Dave Ramsey. EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches attempts to combine all these elements in one tightly packaged book.

In typical Dave Ramsey tone, the book is straightforward; Dave Ramsey drives home his points, leaving dissenters in the dust. Yet, there is also a warm tone of happy reflection wedded to Dave’s strident passion for strong leadership, debt-free living, and out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to business.

The book contains many personal stories from Dave’s failed, foreclosed real estate ventures all the way to his current multi-million, multi-faceted company, The Lampo Group, LLC.  Financial advice, leadership counsel, and productivity make up core themes of the book.

Entrepreneur is a broad term, and this book narrows in on a certain type of entrepreneur: small business entrepreneurs whose businesses will include multiple employees and, specifically, addressing those businesses which will be run in a brick-and-mortar location. Of course, there’s also the big fundamental for Ramsey: such businesses won’t plan to go into debt for their start-up. Those who fall outside these parameters will still benefit from a good portion of the book, though, and many of the lessons are applicable beyond business.

For those who have read or listened to Dave Ramsey before, this book will sound similar to much of Dave Ramsey’s speaking and writing, yet it has a special perspective looking at things from the business owner side of Dave’s desk.

Although Dave’s strident tone sometimes comes across to me as brash, overall I generally appreciate and benefit from his writing and speaking (even if I don’t like the way his message comes across). This book left me with a similar feeling. I have read a good number of entrepreneur-focused business books in the past few years, and although it’s not my top pick in the genre (not to mention the books I enjoy most on business have the focus of more out-of-the-box business ideas), it’s probably a good read for anyone who will be leading a team as they build their business.

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