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I have two categories for books on my blogs, the best books with 5 star and 4 star ratings and other books with the rest.

This is the page with “the rest”.

The truth is that I had originally only planned to bring the reviews of the best business books from Amazon to my blog but then I found myself wanting to refer to these other books I’d reviewed.

With the best business books, I have created separated categories to help you to find the best books by subject, for example the best business strategy books, the best marketing books etc.

With these other books, which I’m not recommending, I haven’t done that although they do feature within the subject categories. For example, books about business turnaround appear with all my other articles about business turnaround.

Here are links to the individual pages after this first one – page 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

90 Shades of Innovation by Alexander M Schmid

The full title of this short book by Alexander M Schmid is

90 Shades of Innovation: Explorative Questions for the Business Model Canvas.

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book 2 Stars.

Here is my book review.

Just questions, no explanations

The full title promises 90 questions to help you with the business model canvas and 90 questions is exactly what you get. There are ten questions for each of the nine sections, so some feel more forced than others.

There is no discussion of the canvas.

No explanation of the questions, comments about any weaknesses in its logic or the common mistakes people make when using it. No checks that there is a logical flow, just the questions. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Jerry Toomer, Craig Caldwell, Steve Weitzenkorn and Chelsea Clark is

The Catalyst Effect: 12 Skills and Behaviors to Boost Your Impact and Elevate Team Performance

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book three stars.

Here is my book review.

Not as good as expected

Every now and again I find a book with an interesting theme which gives me high hopes of new insight. Some are insightful but others disappoint.

Sadly this has been a disappointment. [continue reading…]

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Why Strategic Plans Fail by Can Akdeniz

The full title of this book by Can Akdeniz is

Why Strategic Plans Fail: Deadly Mistakes of Strategic Planning Explained

In my review to be posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it Two Stars.

Here is my book review.

Muddled and superficial

I’m an active reader who highlights sections I feel are important.

I highlighted nothing in this book, partly because it doesn’t say much that’s interesting and partly because I knew I would never return to it.

The “about the author” section says he is regarded as one of the most inspiring business authors of our time. Not by me. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Ryan Barton is

The Ultimate Small Business Marketing Checklist: 165 Tips Fuelling Marketing Success

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it 3 Stars.

Here is my review.

Packed with things you need to do in various aspects of your marketing.

I think this book is a nice idea. What are the key factors to look out for as you develop your marketing?

The application of that idea is another matter altogether. [continue reading…]

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The Marketing Audit Handbook by Dawid J Malherbe

The full title of this book by Dawid J Malherbe is

The Marketing Audit Handbook: The Art of Asking the Right Questions

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book 3 Stars.

Here is my review.

Marketing review questions suitable for bigger companies

The purpose of a marketing audit is to review the environment, the objectives and marketing activities to identify opportunities for improvement. It’s therefore much more proactive than the traditional financial audit that checks whether the report and accounts present a true and fair view of the business performance. [continue reading…]

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180+ Marketing Tips by Fraser Hay

The full title of this book by Fraser Hay is

180+ Marketing Tips for the self-employed : The 3 Minute Marketing Brainstorm

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it 3 Stars.

Here is my review.

Long list of things you could do in your marketing

I read this straight after reading the author’s 3 Minute Marketing Audit so the first point is that much of that book is repeated in this book including the marketing audit questions.

What we then have is a list of 200 marketing tactics you could be using. You may have seen a similar list in Guerrilla Marketing books by Jay Conrad Levinson. No detail about any of them at all. [continue reading…]

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The 3 Minute Marketing Audit by Fraser Hay

In my review of the book

The 3 Minute Marketing Audit by Fraser Hay

posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it 3 Stars.

Here is my review.

A nice idea, not so sure of how it’s implemented.

As soon as I started reading this book, I was struck by one thing. There are very long sentences. The longest I found in the first couple of pages was over 70 words long. The author promises this is one if the shortest books but effective editing would make it shorter and cut out the fluff. [continue reading…]

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How Small Companies Get Big by Bob Oros

The full title of this book by Bob Oros is

How Small Companies Get Big: A Simple Technique That Could Double Your Business

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it 2 Stars.

Here is my review.

Not focused, more about sales tips

The book starts by talking about the need to have a GPS system to guide you in your business, which starts by making sure you have a clear destination in mind. [continue reading…]

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Give Me One Good Reason to Buy by Bob Oros

The full title of this book by Bob Oros is

Give Me One Good Reason to Buy: How to Identify and Sell Your Unique Sizzle

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it 2 Stars.

Here is my review.

Ignore the title, this is a book of sales tips

This sounds like a book about finding and explaining your USP, the important customer benefit that is only available from your business.

This author is notorious for not sticking to the expected point and it doesn’t take long for him to lose focus and start wandering around the issues involved with personal selling. [continue reading…]

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A Guide to Business Failure by The Failed Entrepreneur

In my review of

A Guide to Business Failure

by The Failed Entrepreneur posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Three Stars. This means Worthwhile.

Here is my book review.

The downfall of a complacent business owner

Some businesses fail before they really get going, they start, they stutter, they flop. Other businesses start, grow, do well and then, bit by bit, go into a gradual decline.

It’s a bit like ageing in your 40s or 50s. [continue reading…]

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