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Thursday, January 24, 2008

LA Times Features Advice from Gary Harpst

Karen Klein, of the Los Angeles Times, published a short Q&A article featuring entrepreneurship advice from Six Disciplines founder and CEO, Gary Harpst.

Learn volumes on opening a store

Dear Karen: I'm considering opening a store. What books should I read?

Answer: Becoming a business owner requires a personal evaluation. To help see if you're suited for entrepreneurship, author Gary Harpst suggested "Now, Discover Your Strengths" by Marcus Buckingham and "StrengthsFinder 2.0" by Tom Rath.

"These books will objectively identify whether starting a business is aligned with your personal and professional strengths," said Harpst, chief executive of Six Disciplines Corp.

If you decide to go forward in business, he recommended Guy Kawasaki's "The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything" and Michael Gerber's "The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It."

After the company opens, Harpst said, his own book, "Six Disciplines for Excellence, Building Small Businesses That Learn, Lead and Last," provides small-business owners with advice on planning and executing strategy in a simple, effective way.

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