Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive

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Overview

Praise for Success Made Simple

"Success Made Simple is a gift to business leaders everywhere—a brilliantly written, tantalizing story of practical success, homespun charm, and unexpected delight! A must-read for organizations looking to restore America's enduring and sometimes forgotten values to their rightful place."
—Dan J. Sanders, CEO, United Supermarkets, and author, Built to Serve

"Recent high-profile business disasters have reminded us that intellect and even competence ...

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Overview

Praise for Success Made Simple

"Success Made Simple is a gift to business leaders everywhere—a brilliantly written, tantalizing story of practical success, homespun charm, and unexpected delight! A must-read for organizations looking to restore America's enduring and sometimes forgotten values to their rightful place."
—Dan J. Sanders, CEO, United Supermarkets, and author, Built to Serve

"Recent high-profile business disasters have reminded us that intellect and even competence are not the essential ingredients for business success. Success Made Simple captures the soul of Amish business and reveals how character, faithful relationships, and a commitment to the greater good of community lead to 'uncommon' success."
—Dan Miller, author, 48 Days to the Work You Love

"In Success Made Simple, Amish entrepreneurs show that a focus on relationships and service builds thriving businesses. This is an intriguing look at an uncommon business community!"
—Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com

"I urge you to let the Amish entrepreneurs show you the amazing power of putting simple ideas into practice. This book will take you up several notches in overcoming obstacles, motivating employees, and winning—and keeping—customers."
—Martin Fridson, CEO, Fridson Investment Advisors, and author,

How to Be a Billionaire

"As simple as possible, but not one bit simpler. Erik Wesner perfectly captures the essence of success—the Amish case yields valuable lessons for us all: business is a vehicle for something more important, and you can't do it all on your own."
—Chris Adams, CEO, Division 17, Southwestern/Great American, Inc.

"Erik Wesner shows that success has many more dimensions than numerical growth. Success Made Simple is a valuable read not just for mainstream American business people but also for the Amish."
—Benuel Riehl, Amish father and business owner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470442371
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/22/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 796,779
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Erik Wesner is an independent expert on the Amish and their business practices, and previously spent a decade as a sales manager and record-breaking salesperson at Nashville's Southwestern Company. He divides his time between Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where he has strong ties to the Amish community, and Poland, the country of his roots. He also writes the popular blog Amish America at amishamerica.com, covering Amish business, culture, and other topics.

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Table of Contents

Foreword (Donald B. Kraybill).

Preface: Unearthing the Secrets.

A Note on Names.

1. Eye to the Horizon: Cultivating a Vision and Thriving Through Crisis.

2. Getting Smart: Hands-On Versus the Hallowed Halls.

3. Market-Bound: Excelling at Sales and Marketing.

4. Doing Unto Others: The Crucial Customer Relationship.

5. Choosing Up Sides: Getting the Right People in Place.

6. Fishing Lessons: Empowering Your Most Valuable Asset.

7. Around the Edges: Honing an Efficiency Mentality.

8. The Big Picture: Getting What You Came For.

Conclusion: Barn Raising.

Appendix: Research and Interview Methodology.

Bibliography.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Index.

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  • Posted April 1, 2010

    An Inside Look at Amish Enterprise

    It's a delight to read an excellent book about the Amish by someone who really knows his stuff. Erik Wesner, the go-to guy for all things Amish and author of the popular AmishAmerica blog, has done a terrific job of explaining the phenomenal success record of Amish-run business enterprises in SUCCESS MADE SIMPLE: AN INSIDE LOOK AT WHY AMISH BUSINESSES THRIVE. Whether you are interested in Amish culture or in entrepreneurship, you'll find this book simply fascinating. With his easy, engaging style and wealth of knowledge about all things Amish, Erik has created a book that deserves a spot in your library. From Marta Perry, author of Amish fiction

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Great book!

    One of my favorite reads in a long time. Very well written and extremely informative. This book was for me a great source of information and inspiration in getting my business up and running. I would strongly reccomend for anyone desiring to do business in an etical and faith led way to read this book.

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