2021 Recommendations

  • The IDEA Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make Them Happen
  • Sam Walton: Made in America – My Story

Title:  The IDEA Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make Them Happen

Author/s: Andy Boynton, Bill Fisher and William Bole 

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 

Copyright date/ISBN#: ©2011/ ISBN 973-1-59659-634-4

 

Review: 

I learned about this book from a colleague at a peer institution. She was sharing resources she found inspirational to her Entrepreneurship students. Over many years of working with her through our shared national association, I had come to highly respect her commitment to teaching entrepreneurship education. 

I ordered the book and after reading it, quickly determined I would adopt it as required reading for my entrepreneurship students. Students found the book engaging and chock full of useful ideas that they could incorporate into their entrepreneurial mindset. 

Boynton, Fisher and Bole stress that the best business ideas are not born of innate creativity or brilliant minds but rather from people who have adopted the habit of looking for ideas all around them – all of the time. They label these people “Idea Hunters”. The book has 8 chapters each featuring entrepreneurs who attribute their success to the fact that they were “Idea Hunters”.

Reviewer: 

Dr. Donna Duffey, Professor Emeritus & Department Chair, Entrepreneurship, Johnson County Community College (KS); Velocity Lee’s Summit, Board of Directors

Title: Sam Walton: Made in America - My Story

Author/s: Samuel Moore Walton with John Huey 

Publisher: Bantam Books. 

Copyright date/ISBN#: ©1992/ ISBN 0-553-56283-5

 

Review: 

I have always been drawn to biographical books about America’s entrepreneurs, especially autobiographical accounts. This book is that; it was written by the man who is the undisputed merchant king of the late 20th century, Sam Walton. He was the founder and chairman of Wal-Mart Stores until his death in 1992. The book was published in the same year. 

Regardless of what our experiences, observations and opinions are today about the mega-retailer, Walmart, a key “ah-ha” moment you realize as the reader is that every big company was once a small company….a company that was the vision of the founder: an entrepreneur. The book chronicles Sam’s life beginning in his birthplace in 1918 in Oklahoma. Additionally, the book chronicles the development and growth of Wal-Mart. 

Throughout the 18 chapters of the book, Walton shares many “lessons learned”. As a reader, you may be particularly drawn to Chapter 17: Running a Successful Company: 10 Rules That Worked for Me. Although written several decades ago, you will find those 10 Rules timeless.

Reviewer: 

Dr. Donna Duffey, Professor Emeritus & Department Chair, Entrepreneurship, Johnson County Community College (KS); Velocity Lee’s Summit, Board of Directors

Why they recommended them

“Regardless of what our experiences, observations and opinions are today about the mega-retailer, Walmart, a key “ah-ha” moment you realize as the reader is that every big company was once a small company…”

- Dr. Donna Duffey

(Sam Walton: Made in America - My Story)

“Boynton, Fisher and Bole stress that the best business ideas are not born of innate creativity or brilliant minds but rather from people who have adopted the habit of looking for ideas all around them – all of the time.”

- Dr. Donna Duffey

(The IDEA Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make Them Happen)

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