How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy: The R.C. Willey Story

How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy: The R.C. Willey Story

Posted by jack_miller | Published 7 months ago

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By: Jeff Benedict

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Any entrepreneur will love and appreciate this fascinating story sharing the life lessons that Bill Child learned as he built R. C. Willey, a highly successful furniture business eventually bought out by the legendary Warren Buffett. Lessons on leadership, frugality, honesty, integrity, innovation, and customer service will inspire and motivate readers. How do you take a good company and make it one that billionaire Warren Buffett would buy? The blueprints are in the footprints of a remarkable man: Bill Child.

Here are just a few of Bill’s philosophies:

  • Character and work ethic carry more weight than resumes.
  • Change is an essential ingredient for success in the retail industry. Companies that don’t adapt don’t last.
  • Delegation is vital to growing a small business. True delegation only exists when the leader trusts his people enough to allow them to perform their responsibilities without constant interference.
I recently finished reading "How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy: The R.C. Willey Story." I was so impressed with the book that I am purchasing copies for each of my children and for many of my friends. It was both informative and inspirational. As one who has been involved in higher level management for many years -- I am currently serving as a college president -- the book comes to mind almost daily and reminds me of the importance of integrity and the value of customers (in our case, students). In fact, I am using the portions regarding customer relations as the basis for some training that we are doing in that area. I am blessed to know Mr. Child and Mr. Benedict and this book is the real thing -- it was a quick but inspiring read.

- samuel_lee

Nice little book about a man building a business in Utah, selling applicances and then furniture, retail. Sells it to Buffett. This is not RIVETING stuff, but helpful in reminding one about the simple pleasures of life- like hard work, following through on promises, etc. It was not easy to build the business, and nothing worthwhile is ever that easy. Don't suspect this will ever be a bestseller, but it was enjoyable.

- wells_anderson

Inspirational and well thought out book. Shows the importance of good values in running a business. The obvious, but so often neglected rule of focusing on the customer and customer experience. A must read for any entrepreneur.

- cory_watson

The sound management principles that are prevalent throughout this book are an excellent guide for any type of supervisor or leader. I found it easy to follow, written as a story rather than a management text book or manual.

I would recommend this book to anyone, whether in leadership or not. It is uplifting and optimistic, and encourages the reader to live to his/her fullest potential.

- brett_carter

Excellent true story and life example! Must read for all students majoring in business. I highly recommend this book to any person planing or operating his/her own business.

- kendall_murphy

I loved this book and actually finished it to the end in less than 48 hours! (That's quite a feat for a mom of 3 kids under 5 and COO of a small hotel) It's easy to read and contains countless wonderful nuggets of advice and wisdom. This is a great addition to any library and a wonderful gift for anyone who is a budding entrepreneur.

- maliah_clark

Great book about business men with strong personal character. Examples of such men and women are hard to come by these days. It is refreshing to see examples of such people who have been wildly successful people because of their moral character.

- mckenna_turner

I was inspired by this book. I have let friends read it and they too enjoyed it. Easy reading and a great story.

- lexie_brooks

A wishful part was an elaboration of Buffett's thought process on why he bought R.C Wiley

- kayla_nguyen

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