Built From Scratch (Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank)
The Home Depot was co founded in the US by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank in 1978 and Built From Scratch is their journey from founding the company to turning it into a business with revenues now of $100.9 billion and 400,000 employees.
“While driving back from France, we heard a Tim Ferriss podcast featuring Frank Blake, a former CEO and Chairman of the Home Depot. Apart from being a great story and finding Frank incredibly inspiring he shared with the listeners that when he took over, his son (who was also employed in a Home Deport store) suggested that he use the book Built from Scratch to help guide his leadership. Frank’s son shared with his father how, within the store, they’d read from the book as a team. So I bought a copy. The book may have been written in 1999 but it is literally full of great advice and demonstrates the power of purpose, identity and culture to deliver outstanding results.”
The book is not just an incredible story but full of wisdom and thoughts for anyone in business – and certainly for all leaders!