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Clearer Thinking Books

My role as a coach and business advisor is often to help bring clarity to a confusing situation.

According to author Dan Bradbury in “Breeding Gazelles: Fast Growth Strategies For Your Business

“Most people don’t know how to analyse their business. They spend their time and energy solving the wrong problem, which will never yield the desired outcome.”

I agree and it happens for two reasons:

  1. People get caught up in the frantic day to day operations of the business where there’s always more things to do than time to do them in.
  2. Our education system hassn’t very good at teaching us how to think clearly, critically and creatively.

Also included in this section are Mindset books where your mind and its beliefs, values and biases can help or hinder you.


Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills by Michael Kallet – A clear process for making better decisions which also includes ideas for building creativity into your thinking for the more unusual problems. Amazon.co.uk

Think Smarter by Michael Kallet

Thinking for a Change: Putting the TOC Thinking Processes to Use by Lisa J. Scheinkopf – this builds on the ideas of Eliyahu Goldratt who developed the Theory Of Constraints and wrote the business novel The Goal. It is challenging but very rewarding if mastered. Amazon.co.uk

Thinking for a Change: Putting the TOC Thinking Processes to Use by Lisa J. Scheinkopf

The book is available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk


The One Minute Apology: A Powerful Way to Make Things Better by Ken Blanchard – The apology starts by admitting that you’ve made a mistake and will take responsibility for your actions. Amazon.co.uk

Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind: Think Rich To Get Rich by T. Harv Eker – Much more insightful than you might expect. Amazon.co.uk

Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson – An intriguing but simple parable to help people to adapt to change. Amazon.co.uk

The Decisive Moment: How The Brain Makes Up Its Mind by Jonah Lehrer – A fascinating look at how we make decisions but it’s focus is on “why decisions are made” rather than “how to use” these ideas. Amazon.co.uk

Critical Thinking: 50 Best Strategies to Think Smart and Clear, Get Logical Thinking, and Improve Your Decision Making Skills by Christ Lewis – I like it although I’d have liked to have seen some order in the techniques. Amazon.co.uk

How to Become Unstoppable: Seven Things Every Coach Must Know to Help Their Clients (And Themselves!) by Glenn Livingston – A book about reframing thoughts. Amazon.co.uk

The Unstuck Process: 12 Powerful Questions That Create Breakthrough Results by Robert Middleton – A book to help you eliminate your limiting beliefs. Amazon.co.uk

Three Steps Ahead: Thinking Strategically to Avoid Unintended Consequences by David Silverstein – a well written, wide-ranging review of the ways to expand your thinking about business strategy and change projects. Amazon.co.uk

Getting Unstuck: How to transform your life one step at a time by Cara Stein – A very helpful book to get your life unstuck. Amazon.co.uk

Obvious Adams: The Story of a Successful Businessman by Robert R Updegraff – How to achieve success by doing the obvious. Amazon.co.uk

Meet and Grow Rich: How to Easily Create and Operate Your Own Mastermind Group for Health, Wealth, and More by Joe Vitale – Learn to share problems and solutions from other business owners. Amazon.co.uk


TOC Thinking: Removing Constraints for Business Growth by Yishai Ashlag – A nice introduction to the Theory Of Constraints but anyone with much knowledge of TOC won’t get much out of it. Amazon.co.uk

Systems Thinking Strategy: The New Way to Understand Your Business and Drive Performance by Jimmy Brown PhD – more focused on strategy than systems thinking and how it impacts on business strategy. Amazon.co.uk

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss – Overwhelming but can you find what you need to know? (Amazon.co.uk )

It’s Not Luck by Eliyahu M. Goldratt – A story using the Theory of Constraints in the market where lack of demand is the constraint. Amazon.co.uk

Critical Thinking: 14 Effective Ways to Become a Critical Thinker. Learn How to Ask and Answer Questions Systematically by Kristal Guerra – useful but not definitive. Amazon.co.uk

The Systems Thinking Approach to Strategic Planning and Management by Stephen Haines – a very dry read and the author is keen to introduce his own terminology rather than using standard terms. This didn’t live up to the title of continuous adaptation to feedback loops. Amazon.co.uk

Simpleology: The Simple Science of Getting What You Want by Mark Joyner – This wasn’t as simple as I’d have liked. Amazon.co.uk

What’s Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don’t Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can by Robert Kelsey – Starts well but finishes limply. Amazon.co.uk

Ignite Execution – Discover Why You Are Stuck and How to Start Getting Results by Max Saunders – it briefly introduces ideas for how to make you more productive and successful. Amazon.co.uk

The Fifth Discipline…In 15 Minutes – The Intelligent Summary of Peter Senge’s Best Selling Book – this is interesting but it’s not a substitute for the full book which is a classic. Amazon.co.uk

Neuro-Linguistic Programming in a Week by Mo Shapiro – I didn’t enjoy reading it but I now see it as a useful summary. Amazon.co.uk


As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – Recognised as a self improvement classic but the language is old fashioned. Amazon.co.uk

System and Systems Thinking – Fundamental Theory and Practice by A Gharakhani Baha – this is tough to read. Amazon.co.uk

Systems Thinking by David DeSchoolmeester – a book with a misleading title. I was expecting Fifth Discipline style systems but this is about putting systems into small businesses. Amazon.co.uk

50 Quick and Easy Ways to Outstanding Critical Thinking at Work: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Success by Mike Gershon – this is one of a series of similarly titled books and I felt the topic was forced to fit the title. As a result interesting concepts were too brief and trivial items extended. Amazon.co.uk

Soft Systems Methodology – Core Concepts by Paul Ledington – a book that’s better in concept than reality. The author should try again with a good editor. Amazon.co.uk


Thinking Smart (Kindle version): You are How You Think: Applying Theory of Constraints in Developing Thinking Skills – just four pages long, there is nothing here of any significance. Amazon.co.uk

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