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Book Notes: EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey

 

My first knowledge of Dave Ramsey was when Misty and I went through Financial Peace University. I must admit that even though we did not do everything we learned in that class, it was top quality training. I have come to be very fond of Dave and his style of leadership, he is no-nonsense and I have decided he is the Dr. Phil of Finance. I love this guy. Remember, loving him and his work doesn’t always mean that I follow his teaching. I need to do better about that.

EntreLeadership

A book that speaks to leaders across a broad spectrum. This book is really geared to the person who is going to run a business, especially a business you would start from the ground up. With that said, there is a lot of great leadership gold here for Non-Profit leaders, Church leaders, you name it, if it is leadership this book can help you.

Very thorough, from hiring, firing, communication, casting vision, budgeting, a to z, it’s all here.

“I resist the standard employee mentality so much that I have quit using the word “employees.” I call them team members, and I mean it.”

Everything in the book is about being a productive, unified, team. People want to be part of a team and not just an employee. Dave says that employees come in late to work, goof off, and steal from you, but team members work together to make everyone better. One note, he isn’t saying that all employees do these things, he is saying that we should stop using the term employee’s and every working situation becomes a team.

“Words matter. So when we call someone a “team member” at our place, that means something; it isn’t some corporate HR program that tries to make slaves to jerks feel better by changing the words. It means you will be treated like and expected to act like you are on a team. When we call someone an EntreLeader it means something. It means you are more than a renegade lone ranger and it means you are more than a corporate bureaucrat who treats his people like units of production.”

I have read through the years, many books that state the following, “Everything rises and falls on leadership,” and I believe that statement to be true. If the leaders isn’t motivated, the team will not be motivated. If the leader isn’t a learner, the team will not be learners, if the leader isn’t responsible, the team will not be responsible. Everything rises and falls on leadership. Lack of leadership is painful for the team and detrimental to the organization.

Dave says, Spineless Leader is an oxymoron.

“So the problem with my company then and now is me. The problem with your company is not the economy, it is not the lack of opportunity, it is not your team. The problem is you. That is the bad news. The good news is, if you’re the problem, you’re also the solution. You’re the one person you can change the easiest. You can decide to grow. Grow your abilities, your character, your education, and your capacity. You can decide who you want to be and get about the business of becoming that person.”

There is too much to tell, go get the book, but only if you want to be a better leader.

Ronnie

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November 16, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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