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Ever notice that the world is full of experts who have never actually done what they are "experts" at?

Many a business professor has never actually managed a business. Most business courses stress defining business terms but never actually teach the concepts of running a business.

This blog hopes to teach some of the terms and, at the same time, give some examples and lessons on running a business.

There will also be reviews of books on business listed here. Sometimes companies give me books to review. Regardless of where I get the book to review, I will give my honest opinion. If I was given the book to review I will always disclose that in the review.

I seek to start posting on 02 January 2012. Some of the posts will be recycled from some of my other blogs.

The reader should know that there is no one “Right Way” to conduct business that will apply in all situations. This blog is meant as a place to start. It is hoped that you will perform further research and consult professionals experienced in your particular business before making any important decisions.



04 December 2018

Book Review: Creating Sales Stars: A Guide to Managing the Millennials on Your Team by Stephan Schiffman with Gary Krebs ISBN: 978-0-8144-3938-8



Many of we baby boomers see the Millennial Generation as a bunch of work-brittle, entitled, lazy, people who expect to be paid for not working. Many of us have experienced this first hand.

In the book Creating Sales Stars: A Guide to Managing the Millennials on Your Team by Stephan Schiffman with Gary Krebs, we are told that nothing could be further from the truth.

So, the question here is, do you trust what you see and experience or what an author tells you is the truth?

Readers are also told why we should adapt our way of looking at this generation.  The tone of the book appears to be, “Just deal with it”. We are given a lot of WHY we should just deal with it and only a little of HOW to deal with it.

There may be a little truth to what the author teaches. The fact remains that we are in a job seekers’ market because this generation switches jobs often and expects to be paid well while being trained. This book could well make the case that we have developed a new career, “Trainee”. Meanwhile, more and more jobs go overseas to places where people WILL work.

The book is well written and does provide some excellent advice.  However, reading this book won’t solve your problem. What it will do is make you feel a lot less empowered and, if you are the owner of a company, will probably make you want to close up shop or move to another country.

In the book, the author speaks of how ethical this generation is.  There may be some validity to that but, readers should trust what they see in the real world and not what they read in a book.  This is the same generation that often cheated on tests in college and also expected good college grades for very subpar work.

We can only give this book a mediocre rating and very little in the way of recommendation.  This isn’t so much because the writing is flawed; it isn’t. We give it an average rating because the premise is flawed.


We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

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26 November 2018

Book Review: Bigger Than Business: Real-World Stories of Business Owners Living Their Purpose by Jeff Holler ISBN: 978-1-946615-15-2




I, David, love to read case stories of businesses.  I especially love to read the stories of failing businesses that were able to pull off a “Hail Mary” and turn around to greatness.

Both Suzanne and I love to read inspirational stories about Christians beating all the odds and growing in their faith.


Nowhere in the Bible will you find that God instructs anyone to go into debt for any reason. Just try to find that in the Bible.

In several stories in Bigger than Business you find where not having debt meant that the business was able to take advantage of opportunities because the economic climate favored those with cash.  Several of these stories told of companies working to pay off their debt.

Most of these stories told of how they gave their tithe and then gave above and beyond that as the business grew. 10% of EBITDA* is given to the church, not other charities. The tithe goes to the storehouse.

These stories are wonderful and inspiring.  The stories are well-written and give a good bit of detail on the business before it got into trouble or before it even got started.

Many of these stories tell of a leap of faith, or in some cases, constant leaps of faith.  Some of these stories show that when you are faced with the impossible in your business or other parts of your life, you have to Let go and Let God.

Bigger than Business will make a wonderful gift for any Christian, whether they are in business or not.  It would also make a great gift to someone who isn’t a Christian who needs a little help in coming to Christ.

If your business needs a faith lift, this book is for you.

*Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization


We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

Notice: This post contains affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, we may financially benefit from your transaction, at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Manian Debil Productions is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.


McClendon Villa     McClendon Villa's Reviews 
From the Kitchen of McClendon Villa   McClendon Villa at Blogger
P. S. Annie  P S Annie at WordPress
P. S. Annie 2
Random Thoughts and Observations   Redneck MBA
How to Manage Your Monkey at Blogger   How To Manage Your Monkey at WordPress
Reviews By David and Suzanne
Book Reviews By Bird     Book Reviews By Bird 2
Book Reviews by Bird at WordPress

23 November 2018

Book Review: Activators: A CEO's Guide to Clearer Thinking and Getting Things Done by Mark E Green ISBN: 978-1-949639-09-4



George S. Patton once said, “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week”.  This could be a very good tip to many CEOs today.

The book Activators: A CEO's Guide to Clearer Thinking and Getting Things Done by Mark E Green seeks to help CEOs, and others in leadership, overcome their fears and execute their plans.

This book is well-written and full of exercises to help leaders realize that the most important thing they can do is to formulate a plan, any plan, and get started.  

Too often, businesses fail because the leaders won’t make decisions and stick with them.  

Activators also tells leaders about making those hard decisions to fire high achieving employees who have become toxic to the company or jettison projects that just aren’t working.

The only real problem I saw in this book is that some of the graphics, especially those written in yellow, are hard to read.

If you know someone in a leadership role in any business, large or small, you will want to give them their very own copy of Activators.



We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

Notice: This post contains affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, we may financially benefit from your transaction, at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Manian Debil Productions is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.


McClendon Villa     McClendon Villa's Reviews 
From the Kitchen of McClendon Villa   McClendon Villa at Blogger
P. S. Annie  P S Annie at WordPress
P. S. Annie 2
Random Thoughts and Observations   Redneck MBA
How to Manage Your Monkey at Blogger   How To Manage Your Monkey at WordPress
Reviews By David and Suzanne
Book Reviews By Bird     Book Reviews By Bird 2
Book Reviews by Bird at WordPress