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Best Business Book Reviews By Paul Simister

Breaking the Circle by Gabor Holch

The full title of this book by Gabor Holch is

Breaking the Circle: Vicious circles in business“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I gave it a FOUR Stars rating, which means I consider it as good to very good.

Here it is.

An interesting book to help you get unstuck

I’m surprised that there aren’t more books about vicious circles to help to break the destructive forces that get people trapped.

I first became interested in understanding vicious circles when I was introduced to systems thinking by a book called The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge.

In technical terms, vicious circles and their opposites, virtuous circles are caused by positive (or reinforcing) feedback loops. They are positive because they build momentum, either up or down and contrast with compensating feedback loops that work like the central heating thermostat and work towards reaching a target. [continue reading…]

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Business SOS by Paul Avins

The full title of this book my Paul Avins is

Business SOS: 173 Proven, Fast-Acting Strategies to take Your Business from Surviving to Thriving“.

It won’t be a surprise for you to know that I couldn’t resist reading this since I abbreviate my free Business Second Opinion Sessions to Business SOS.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a Four stars rating. This means that I feel it is in the good to very good category.

Here is my review.

Plenty of ideas to increase sales and profit

This is a good summary of how to improve the results of a business that draws on the ideas of many well known “gurus”.

If you’ve read many small business success books, I don’t think it will include much that’s new to you but, even so, it is a good reminder of what you should be doing.

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The Rich Recruiter by Andrew Leong

This book by Andrew Leong is focused on increasing sales within a recruitment agency. It is called

“The Rich Recruiter.”

When I reviewed it at Amazon.co.uk, I gave it a four stars rating, meaning I consider it to be good to very good.

Here is my review.

A very practical guide

Over the years, I’ve been approached by a few recruitment agency owners for business coaching and I’ve declined upfront or after a short consultation because I think it’s a difficult profession to break into and unlike most other businesses.

You have to attract both clients and candidates, both then engage in a process outside your control, then they both have to feel very positive to offer and accept. Even when a candidate is placed, you are left hoping that both have told enough truth to keep the relationship beyond your rebate period.

I read this book because I don’t like to run away from a challenge and I have a kindle unlimited subscription. [continue reading…]

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Hope Won’t Pay the Wages by Andrew R Miller – 5 Stars

The full title of this book by Andrew Miller is

Hope Won’t Pay the Wages: How to deal with the personal impact of a struggling business“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I gave it the full FIVE Stars, meaning I consider the book to be excellent.

Here it is.

A great help for struggling business owners

There are plenty of books about how a business in trouble can be turned around but this is the first book I’ve seen that focuses on the business owner. [continue reading…]

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Getting Unstuck by Cara Stein

The full title of this book by Cara Stein is

Getting Unstuck: How to transform your life one step at a time“.

In my review on Amazon.co.uk, I rated this book at the Four Stars level. This means I consider to be in the good to very good range.

Here is my review.

A very helpful book to get your life unstuck

I’ve been reading and reviewing books about how to get a business unstuck but this time I have stepped into looking at how someone gets their life unstuck. There is some crossover as a stuck business owner will cause the business to be stuck and vice versa, business problems spill into personal lives. [continue reading…]

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Unstuck by Keith Yamashita

The full title of this book by Keith Yamashita is

Unstuck: A Tool for Yourself, Your Team and Your World“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a Four Stars rating which means I consider it to be in the good to very good category.

Here is what I wrote.

A systems approach to why businesses get stuck and how to get them unstuck

This is a book of three sections. At one stage, I thought it was going to be the clear leader in books about how businesses get stuck and how you can get them unstuck. Sadly it tailed off in the main tactics section so we’re left with a 5 star start and a 3 star finish.

I’ll cover the looks of the book to start. It is one of those “designed” books that look stylish. [continue reading…]

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Turn Around Your Business by 5 PM by Maurice Stein

When I reviewed the book

Turn Around Your Business by 5 PM

by Maurice Stein, I gave it a four stars rating. This means I consider it to be in the range of good to very good.

Here is a copy of my review on Amazon.co.uk.

The title of this book gives the wrong impression but it is good for business owners who feel stuck

I’m reading and reviewing quite a few turnaround management books at the moment which describe how to rescue a business at risk of failure.

Before starting to read this one, I thought I was going to criticise the 5 pm part of the title. Turnarounds are tough, and while they need urgent action, you can’t do everything in a day, or as many business owners will think, three quarters of a day. [continue reading…]

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How to Become Unstoppable by Glenn Livingston

The full title of this book by Glenn Livingston is

How to Become Unstoppable: Seven Things Every Coach Must Know to Help Their Clients (And Themselves!)“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of Four Stars. This means I consider it to be in the range of good to very good.

Here is my review.

A book about reframing thoughts

The author has been one of my favourite Internet marketing experts for many years. He trained originally as a psychologist and gradually moved into business. He is the inspiration behind “Ask : The counterintuitive online formula to discover exactly what your customers want to buy…create a mass of raving fans…and take any business to the next level” by Ryan Levesque. [continue reading…]

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Business Turnaround by Harry Moore

The full title of this book by Henry Moore is

Business Turnaround: How to do it: A guide for advisers and managers“.

When I reviewed it on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it a Four Stars rating, which means I consider it to be in the good to very good range.

Here is my review.

A good summary of how to professionally manage a business turnaround

The author originally wrote this book as a training resource for new employees in his turnaround management business. The guide was then used for other professional turnaround projects and finally, was published more widely. [continue reading…]

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The Unstuck Process by Robert Middleton

The full title of this book by Robert Middleton is

The Unstuck Process: 12 Powerful Questions That Create Breakthrough Results“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of Four Stars. This means I consider it to be in the good to very good range.

Here is a copy of my review.

A book to help you eliminate your limiting beliefs

Although this book is written by a business coach, its scope is much wider.

It is generally accepted that beliefs, thoughts, feelings and actions are linked together in a chain. [continue reading…]

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