EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches
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EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches

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From New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated talk radio host Dave Ramsey comes the secret to how he grew a multimillion dollar company from a card table in his living room.

If you’re at all responsible for your company’s success, you can’t just be a hard-charging entrepreneur or a motivating, encouraging leader. You have to be both!

Dave Ramsey, America’...more
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Alex
I like Dave's straightforward approach to... pretty much everything in life. Finances, business, employees, parenting... The list goes on and on. I was listening to his podcast almost daily for 2 years and I still enjoy listening to it occasionally. He really helped me to solidify certain rules for myself and, yes, also get out of debt. My finances were not horrible, but nothing to be proud of either and now I can see a drastic change which I attribute first and foremost to his principles.
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Gail Welborn

EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches, Hardcover, by Dave Ramsey, Howard Books, 2011, 320 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1451617856, $26.99

Dave Ramsey, well-known author, financial guru and nationally syndicated radio host calls his new release a “playbook” that led to his financial success, satisfaction and joy. His unconventional practical advice, devoid of theories and formulas, comes from twenty years of practical, hands-on business experience that began on his living...more
Ben Donahower
Really good. With a title like EntreLeadership, I thought this book was going to be a little cheesy, but not so. There were some rock solid tactics and strategies for improving your business acumen and your leadership skills.

The book is pretty methodical too, so it's easy to see where you're going and where you've been.

One of the stories that stuck out to me illustrates his hiring practices. He would take the potential employee and the spouse out to dinner. Dave was always surprised by the numb...more
Chad Warner
Nov 18, 2013 Chad Warner rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chad by: Torey Heinz
Shelves: business
Ramsey dispenses both leadership philosophy and practical advice about running a business. He emphasizes ethics and integrity, showing from firsthand experience how to apply Christian principles to business and use the Golden Rule when dealing with customers, employees, and vendors. He both tells and shows with his stories that business requires hard work, and that with success comes criticism.

The book is filled with Ramsey’s personal experience, which comes mostly from his twenty-plus years run...more
Ryan Seamons
Awesome book. Perfect for the entrepreneur, but also great for anyone wanting to get practical advice on being a leader.

Some big takeaways for me were:

Passion beats almost anything. Passionate people win. He would take a less talented person with passion over an passionless top talent person every day. Dave talks about how important passion is and some specific things he does to hire passionate people and bring out the passion in his current employees

I love that Dave shares specific stories from...more
Matthew Stephens

Go back to first chapter for list of things you must always be doing.


Positional leadership vs Persuasion Leadership
Head of fries is positional, persuasion is discussion.

Leader must have a servant mentality.
teaching
meantoring

start with a dream - end with a goal
Dream and do something
Vision is what happens to the dream
where there is no vision, you will perish. business, family, etc..

chapter 3
what do you do
how do you execute
why do you do what you do

goal are visions and dreams with work clothes on
go...more
Mikayla Fleetwood
This book should be read by any person in leadership, ministry, business, or any position of authority, whether big or small. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the thoughts, advice, and experiences of someone who has been on both sides of the fence.
In Entreleadership, Dave Ramsey pours his heart out to the reader in giving all the advice that he has learned through his twenty-year-journey through the ups and downs of business. He will make you laugh talking about the ignorance of some, and he will...more
Gil
Dave Ramsey is full of good advice and anecdotes from his own personal business career. This book contains a lot of practical advice for someone who is starting their own very small business and contains good practical suggestions for people who have companies that are at later stages as well.

It is clear that Mr. Ramsey has been extensively trained and counseled by some very good minds on the subject of leadership. The content of the book is an amalgam of Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich," D...more
Amy
One of my resolutions this year was to read more “business” books and this is one I’ve had on my shelf for awhile. I’m a huge Dave Ramsey fan so I went into this book expecting to really enjoy it. His advice (and he will admit this) is usually common sense stuff – some of it you already know and some of it is new but good. This book is more of the same of that. So did I like it? Meh. I think DR’s personality was featured a little too strongly in the book and it came as a bit of a turn off. He’s...more
Michael Garner
Excellent book about understanding competent business leadership, an area many companies of all sizes lack. I am not in a leadership role in my current position, nor am I self-employed. However, this book has given me insight to improve my current role as a low-ranking team member, and makes me excited for the future. I have also been thinking about starting some sort of business on the side, but I am not yet there to begin that. When I do, this book will be a great educational asset when I do....more
Robbie Pruitt
This was a good book on leadership with a lot of fun and practical stories, but I felt like it was more of a book on business management than a book on leadership. Dave Ramsey's "style" and "tact" are also not for the "faint at heart," but as someone who grew up in the South, I was able to track with him some. If I could buy only one book on leadership, this would not be the book, it would not even make the top ten. However, if you have a spare Saturday, an extra few bucks, nothing to loose and...more
Emma
Not sold on this... Some of the advice about not hiring employees, sorry team members, could border on discrimination. My favourite, not hiring the admin assistant who mentioned that US citizens will need financial advice because of the clown just elected (George Bush) was extremely accurate.

Also personally, taking a massive platform against public health care, yet preaching giving money to church? Nope these priorities are wrong. I will not be spending any more of my money on Dave Ramsey's pro...more
Cecil
Dave Ramsey likes to say he "gives the same advice your grandmother would give but (he) keeps his teeth in!" In EntreLeadership, Ramsey includes leadership principles, financial advice, and perspective gained from two decades of starting and building a successful business with 300 team members. He is humorous and homespun, in-your-face but encouraging. This is an excellent read for someone wanting to start and operate their own business or be entrepreneurial within an existing organization.
Steve
A good book on what works and what does not work in terms of successful leadership. How to build teams, build a company, and succeed is something that is lacking in today's corporate culture. And even though this book is geared to entrepreneurship, the principles apply to any team. Sadly most of the teams and "leaders" that I have worked with in industry have been sorely lacking in the principles and skills Dave Ramsey presents in this book.
Jennifer
I love Dave, I've read some of his other books, and I listen to his radio show almost every day. I could not get through this book. His ego was so huge in the first 20 pages it just turned me off. He does at times speak from a place of humility, but the opening pages of this book were boastful and so full of how wonderful and successful he is that I just couldn't stomach it.
Lauren Sheil
Dave Ramsey is one of those guys you either love or you hate.

I can see why. He has an ego the size of Texas, which is all the more impressive when you consider he's from Tennessee. But if you can get past the ego and ignore the politics (he's about as right-wing as Wayne Gretzky) Ramsey has some really important things to say about building the culture of your business.

The story of how he chartered a jet to bring a team member home who's wife was killed in a car accident speaks volumes about t...more
Shane
This is a must read for anyone who has any aspirations of being a leader. Whether that is through entrepreneurship, or through a J. O. B., you'll find all kinds of inspiration for the right way to treat employees and coworkers.
Stephen Bump
In many ways, I felt like this book took the principles of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and applied them to a business environment. For example, Ramsey stressed the importance of vision and mission statements much like Covey highlighted the need to start with the end in mind. My most significant take away from this book was the importance of treating your subordinates like the valuable team members they are. I also found his section on making hard decisions very helpful. Overall, I fo...more
Steve
Nuts & bolts of starting a small business from someone who has done it.
Doug
Sep 21, 2011 Doug rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to start a business
When it comes to business building, Dave Ramsey may have built the perfect business. It sounds like the place everyone hopes to find, but few if any of us ever do. Their care and compassion for their "team members" is second to none and (some may say) way over the top! But you can't argue with the success.

The book gives a general description of the things that he and his management team do to run their business ... day in and day out ... every day of the year. While there is not a huge amount of...more
Kelly
Good book. I'm not prepared to write a real review just yet, but I'll say that even though I think he's a little slow to get started, but once he does, there is some really good stuff in here about how to build an organizational culture that serves you, your employees and your customers well. I particularly like his chapters on hiring and firing (take your time to make sure you hire the right people in the first place), and on sales. Ramsey makes sales seem very natural, and the opposite of expl...more
Andrew Frueh
Dave Ramsey is not a modest guy. I suppose this should come as no surprise, a modest media personality would be an oxymoron. Prepare yourself to be told over and over in this book just how good he is at running a business. He'll also share stories like the one where he decided not to hire a personal assistant candidate because she didn't like George W. Bush. Although he says in his introduction that this is not your typical business book, I found that it was almost a genre cliche. It was an almo...more
John
An awesome read for those looking to improve their leadership skills. Whatever part of the chain you're at (newbie, manager, business owner) you should be able to get a lot out of this book.

Dave Ramsey puts his thoughts out there in a really easy to understand manner. While the book (and all of Dave's enterprises) have a foundation of faith based in Christianity that never shouts at you or gets in the way - you don't need to be the same religion to learn a lot from this.

It's a relatively short...more
Lynette
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Hilary
Great advice about being a good employer, good leader and good entrepreneur, delivered straight from the hip in standard Dave Ramsey style. Some of it will only apply to certain industries (I've never yet worked in an area where I could actually create an itemized to-do list) but it doesn't alter the value.

The basics of building a good business are with integrity, honesty, trust, compassion and competency. You, as the leader, need to have and practice all of them, and this allows you to expect t...more
Abbie
Dave Ramsey is an excellent speaker/writer/communicator/influencer/motivator. This book of his is no exception. Even though 70% of the book didn't apply directly to my type or size of business, I still felt compelled to read his stories and twist his lessons to apply to my own business.

In the first chapter I was moved to write my business goals. He doesn't know me or my company but Dave (first name basis!) succeeded in guiding me toward creating a "proper" goal for my business, something I haven...more
Trevor Acy
I did not want this book to end.
Two things occured to me while reading EntreLeadership. 1) It is no wonder that Dave Ramsey has been so successful and it is also no surprise that his business is built on good, old fashioned sound principles like honesty, integrity and respect. And 2) I can't wait to become the EntreLeader that I am confident dwells within me. It has always been my goal to be self employed eventually. I know that day is probably far off and there is a world of experience that I w...more
Kevin Jennings
Disclosure & Disclaimer: I am currently of an employee of Dave Ramsey's organization The Lampo Group. Though I finished reading this book after joining his company, I acquired the book prior to applying and began reading it prior to being hired. The opinions and conclusions expressed here are mine. No recommendation or endorsement by The Lampo Group, Inc. or Dave Ramsey, is intended, nor should any be implied.

I discovered learned of the EntreLeadership book through Dave’s EntreLeadership Pod...more
Leto2
Many business books are boring, repetitive, and/or unenlightening. EntreLeadership was none of those things. It exceeded my expectations and was full of great ideas on how to lead effectively. I love how Ramsey stresses ethical decision-making and isn't afraid to talk about his beliefs or use them to effectively manage his company. This book made me want to start a business and put his ideas into practice. It also made me want to start applying his ideas to different areas of my life right now.
Michael
As a soon-to-be business student, this was a great volume to read as an introduction to approaching business with leadership values that are both Christian-based and, in many ways, similar to those I developed as a young officer in the U.S. Army. While the book is filled with gems of business and leadership wisdom that David Ramsey has acquired after a long and successful career, perhaps my favorite chapter is the one entitled “People Matter Most.” The Army has a phrase that says, “Mission first...more
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