I have the enormous good fortune to have a wonderfully knowledgeable accomplice this month with my Ho‘olaule‘a Ho‘ohana!
His name is Tom Ehrenfeld, and he is the author of our Talking Story Book of the Month, The Startup Garden, How Growing a Business Grows You.
Tom is a business journalist and former writer/editor at Harvard Business Review and Inc. His work has also appeared in The New York Times and Boston Magazine. He is a frequent speaker on small business issues, and in Blogsville we have recently come to know him as a guest author on the 800-CEO-Read Blog.
Tom and I met back in June via email, after I had snagged one of his 800-CEO-Read Reviews on Stephen Covey’s The 8th Habit for Talking Story. My post was short, but there was a spirited comment conversation thereafter, and much to my delight Tom jumped back into it with us. Tom Ehrenfeld was now a talking story member of our Ho‘ohana Community!
Tom’s name was familiar to me because I had read his book about two years earlier. I remember spending a good two hours in Borders Bookstore one morning, sitting cross-legged on the floor in front of their business book section devoted to Entrepreneurship and Small Business. I pulled nearly every book off those bottom three shelves and previewed them, and when I had made my selections and walked to the cashier, The Startup Garden was one of only two books which had made the cut.