About The Book.
It’s no secret that entrepreneurship is on the rise. According to Entrepreneur.com, over half a million new businesses are started each month by hopeful entrepreneurs. Technology has opened new and unexplored territories for those ambitious enough to accept the challenge. But a good idea and hard work aren’t enough to keep a business profitable. Seasoned business consultant, Gary Shamis, relays his personal experience with success and failure and gives a business blueprint in hard reality on how to avoid these pitfalls in his new book, Building Blocks: Case Studies of a Serial Entrepreneur.
To achieve business success, you have to have more than a vision – you need inherent passion and a tangible strategy. In Building Blocks, award-winning serial entrepreneur and business consultant Gary Shamis takes you through his own journey of building eight highly innovative ventures to impart a lifetime of lessons learned. Highlighting not only his triumphs but his stumbles along the way, Shamis reveals the critical characteristics, habits, and strategies he coaches leading senior executives on – and makes them accessible and relatable to experienced and novice entrepreneurs alike.
Building Blocks teaches critical lessons, such as:
- Developing and executing a business plan
- Adapting to change and learning from failure
- Taking ego & personal feelings out of the decision-making process
- Finding, hiring, and retaining the right people for your team
- Creating a positive, inclusive culture
- Leading with accountability and purpose
“Given his storied career as a firm leader and a consultant, Gary Shamis’ name is one to conjure within accounting, so it should come as no surprise that his latest book is a treasure trove of good advice on entrepreneurialism. It draws lessons from the Top 100 Firm he built, the firm association he helped found, and six other ventures he led, on everything from developing and executing a business plan to dealing with failure, creating a strong culture, and finding and hiring the right people.”
– Accounting Today
Why You Need This Book.
Building Blocks: Case Studies of a Serial Entrepreneur is appropriate for people at all levels of business. Although Shamis is trained as an accountant and does give tips about money, the advice is relevant to all sectors of the economy.
While the ups and downs of every entrepreneur’s journey are different, Shamis’ brilliant yet simple account of his own path is sure to help you define yours. Imparting wisdom and confidence, Building Blocks is a call to action to stop dreaming and start pursuing your passion with purpose. Shamis will bring you up to date on changes in the business environment and what you need to know.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gary Shamis, award-winning serial entrepreneur, author, and business consultant, assumed responsibility for his father’s accounting firm in 1981. Over the thirty-five years that followed, he took revenues from $225,000 to approaching $100 million and employees from a dozen to 600. He built the 37th largest independent accounting and consulting firm in the nation, before combining SS&G, Inc. with BDO USA, LLP in 2014. Today, as principal of Winding River Consulting, a business advisory services company, Gary is a highly sought after speaker, facilitator, and consultant.