As someone who’s started three businesses, and sold two of them, it was a genuine honor to work with two entrepreneurs on their new book, Sharpen.

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This work is much more than a good read, it’s a guidebook for applying timeless wisdom in the marketplace.

Here’s some Q&A with Dan Cooper and Drew Hiss, of Acumen.


“You did what?”

That’s right we wrote a book.

For the past 19 months Drew and I have been working on a unique book project. “SHARPEN: A Guidebook for Business Ownership & Adventures in Leadership.”

Here’s a link to our book website that tells a little bit more about the book, contains a press kit and links to Amazon (Kindle and Hardcover version). It officially goes on sale Monday September 23rd.

“Why did you decide to write it?”

In our peer advisory councils and one on one executive coaching sessions we found that wisdom and specifically Proverbs was brought up often and help guide and lead discussions.

The book of Proverbs is a favorite book in wisdom literature for both of us. It is filled with lessons on everything in life – how to live, how to raise kids, what the role of money should be, etc. There is also a great deal of powerful and practical advice for businesspeople. Written by Solomon, one of the richest men in history and certainly one of the wisest, Proverbs should be required reading in every business school.

The problem is that Solomon was apparently ADD because every chapter skips around between subjects and ping-pongs back and forth. It can be hard to follow. So, we re-organized the book of Proverbs into subjects and wrote our book around those subjects that every business leader will surely face at one time or another.

Like most entrepreneurs, we made our share of mistakes. We started Acumen to have a community for people like us who need to sit down with others who are in the same boat and be transparent about what’s going on inside the business and inside their head and heart. This book is an extension of that work and the many conversations and interactions we have had through the years.

Also, we realized that a book like this would have been helpful to us as we launched and grew our businesses. As we organized the proverbs and wrote the book, we realized that Solomon’s concepts are timeless. In fact, they could have been written today. Great ideas are like that.

We’ve also paired the ideas in Proverbs with stories, examples, tools, mental models, and exercises to help translate 3000-year-old timeless wisdom and integrate into your decision making and  business today.

We’d like to think that this book can be both a handbook for life, but also a North Star to follow when your business gets complicated. As businesspeople we make tough decisions every day, oftentimes on the fly and most often without a lot of feedback from our ‘multitude of counselors’.

Our hope is that business leaders will keep a copy of this book on their desk and refer to it often as they face each day with all that it brings.

Here’s some feedback from a Partner in Acumen.

“4 chapters into your book and I’ve been moved in ways of understanding God in ways I hadn’t always understood with Him. It’s moved me to think and dive deeper in areas of fear the Lord and wisdom in ways I haven’t always done. You’ve unpacked a great book and extracted scriptures to speak to these very areas of our life. Very good stuff. Love reading my one chapter a day and allowing God to teach me throughout the day.”

Jeremy McDowell,
CEO & Founder, Midwest Sports Production


What Others Are Saying About Sharpen

The book of Proverbs teaches us to cry out for wisdom.  That truth should be no different for our businesses than our daily life.  Drew and Dan help drive that point home in Sharpen.
David Green,
CEO & Founder, Hobby Lobby, Inc.

“As a business leader, I have hungered for wisdom in many circumstances. Proverbs provides it.  Dan and Drew bring to life this ageless guide and how you can lead conscientiously and courageously so that your company can flourish and perform. Take it with you to work!”
Cheryl Bachelder
Former CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Board Member at Pier One, Chick-fil-A, and Procter & Gamble, and author of Dare to Serve


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