People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran company-builder Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street-smart entrepreneurs solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise. Brodsky shares his hard-earned wisdom every month in Inc. magazine, in the hugely popular "Street Smarts" column he cowrites with Bo Burlingham. Now they've adapted their best advice into a comprehensive guide for anyone running a small business.
©2010 Norm Brodsy, Bo Burlingham (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp
"One is tempted to say 'the only book you'll need on starting a business.' Brilliant! Genius! Choose your superlative - it'll fit." (Tom Peters)
I wish I would have read this book when I first started out in business. It was slow at times and pretty basic for someone who already runs a company. However, there were also some gems like "don't be social friends with your employees." Something I learned the hard way in business. There were a ton of useful examples and overall a great book.
Yes I will. There is so much information I don't want to miss any.
Made me think about business at a whole new level
Very practical account of a personal business experience, rather than a general view of the market. It was a thoroughly engaging read from start to finish, and contains lots of relevant insight.
The story and simplicity of presenting numbers that could be complicated
The author of the book because he told his whole story with the success and mistakes
For me he makes is so easy for me to track conversations and he knows how to express what is being is being stated bringing the story to life for me.
Know your numbers makes good blood - not knowing them brings death
Really, if you are an Entrepreneur and finance is just not part of what you understand or even care that much about. Then this is for you because he goes right to where the rubber meets the road and stays there so you will understand the most important issue.
The sheer amount of knowledge, insight and experience is just amazing. At the same time it's all delivered in an easy conversational style and explained so well that it all seems obvious. Trust me it's not obvious. The book's just that good at explaining things.
Too many to mention. Lots of personal mistakes, lessons, corrections and eventual successes. "Here's how I blew up a 30M$ company due to a passion for risk taking"
Channels the author perfectly. It all comes across as if the narrator actually experienced this stuff.
Essential for entrepreneurs. Just get it. Best book I've heard/read in years.
This is a great book with really useful business advice. If you're running your own business or in management, then this book will add depth and options to your thinking. I was pleased to stay interested right to the end, and the stories were real, questions and answers applicable. I highly recommend it.
I consider this book a "must have" for every entrepreneur.
It is practical - out of real life
More than once
Good listening and pace.
not really, a lot to take in.
Just good business.
Real information for entrepreneurs presented in digestible stories with analysis of what to do and what not to do. Far better than the typical business books which are filled with philosophies but no way to implement them. If you own a business or are thinking about starting one, listen to this book!
"Practical and down to earth advice"
I loved this book. Norm and Bo write about everyday businesses and their problems, from small businesses to bigger business, and they leave no stone uncovered in telling and showing how business really is. IF you want a successful business based on experience and practicality this is your book. If you want to meditate and hope the universe will provide your business success, then buy something else to listen to. Smart, funny and insightful.
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