“Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills“.
In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I rated the book at the Five Stars level. I believe it is excellent.
A clear process for making better decisions
I was never really taught how to think at school. By that I mean that I’ve no memory of any teacher explaining a process of how to look at an issue or problem to find the best solution.
As soon as I started managing other people, it became very clear that other people had the same gap in their eduction or were too lazy to put it into action. So much happens without any questioning or things stop because people don’t know how to use their initiative. [continue reading…]
It was based on my thoughts on how to improve results using the 80/20 principle and recognising the constraints that every business owner works with – time, money and other resources. [continue reading…]
If you’ve been reading my articles on my blog, you’ll have seen that I make a big issue about knowing where you are going.
I want you to have a clear vision of where you are going for your business and your personal life.
I buy into the ideas explained by Michael Gerber in his book The E Myth Revisited called the Primary Aim and Strategic Objective. They were the two big things I took from the book about living your life purposefully as a business owner:
This is the long-awaited book from Chet Holmes. The full title is “The Ultimate Sales Machine: Turbocharge Your Business With Relentless Focus on 12 Key Strategies.”
The Big Idea in The Ultimate Sales Machine
People over-complicate what is needed for business success.
Chet Holmes believes you just have to:
Focus on 12 key strategies rather than trying to master hundreds of different ideas and techniques.
You implement these 12 strategies with pigheaded discipline and determination.
I fully commend the last point. Too often people try something that looks a great idea in a half-hearted way. They are then disappointed with the results, decide that the idea wasn’t so good after all and move on to the next big thing. [continue reading…]
One of my favourite ideas from “The E Myth Revisited” book by Michael Gerber is how you can live your life intentionally by designing your business to play its full role in your life with your primary aim and strategic objective.
You’ll find this idea of being intentional cropping up regularly in my writing and the ideas I like.
You decide what you want to happen and then creatively think about how you can make it happen.
How To Be An Intentional Business Owner
First you have to start by taking a good look at what you personally want to achieve in your life and you do that in a process which Michael Gerber calls your Primary Aim.
Only when you know what you want to achieve in your personal life, can you start to consider the role your business has in your life.
I was a consultant, small business coach and advisor based in Birmingham, with over 35 years business experience, including more than 20 years as self employed.
My main business qualifications are:
– Chartered Accountant
– Certified Guerilla Marketing Coach
My main interests are in helping business owners who are stuck get unstuck by thinking more clearly about their issues and possible solutions.
I no longer provide professional business coaching but I will be sharing more ideas on my blog and will continue my popular business book reviews.
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