I’ve just finished reading (listening actually) the EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey. I would recommend it as a great motivational book. I can confirm that this book had a much more specific recommendations for growing successful business than most of the other similar books I read.

If I could put in a simple manner the things I took from this book, they would be:

  1. Start small and simple;
  2. Hiring is not frightening as long as you have the patience and perseverance to find like-minded people;
  3. Hire people that are like you;
  4. Build a team, not a crowd of workers;
  5. Treat your team members the way you would like to be treated;
  6. Delegating without control is a disaster;
  7. No victory comes fast or easy;

To say honestly, I was not a big believer in that “mission statement” thing. I often do hear the sentences: “Our mission statement is” such and such, “We have to have create a mission statement before we can be successful” and so on and so forth. I actually did not believe that such a “piece of paper with a bunch of gibberish in it” is of a significant importance to anyone. Dave Ramsey made me make up my mind. I still am not a huge believer but at least now I know what is its meaning and why it will come in handy at a certain moment.

I will recommend this book to anyone who is:

  1. A kind of entrepreneur
  2. Business owner
  3. working in a company but wants to change something for the better

As a conclusion: I became a fan of Dave’s and I will subscribe for his podcast on that topic: the EntreLeadership podcast.

Canvas business model generation

In this new post I would like to continue the topic from a recent one (Attending the Cisco entrepreneur institute) and suggest you a way of examining your future or currently existing business in terms of its model, its core values and its ways of spinning the cogs of the whole machine.

I am talking about the “Business Model Generation Canvas” or rather often referred as “the canvas”.

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cisco

One of the great things that happened to me recently – yeah, I attended a course of Cisco Entrepreneur Institute in its Bulgarian licensed representative Entrepreneurinstitute.eu. The name of the workshop (their word for the course thing) was “Growing a business“. With one sentence this workshop set my mind straight and showed me what I had to do with my ideas and what should be the right steps doing those things.

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