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Best Getting Unstuck Books

Some business owners and their businesses flourish.

Too many fail.

Others get stuck. The business survives but doesn’t prosper. The owner is stuck on the “hamster wheel”, running hard but making little or no progress.

What Does Being Stuck Mean For A Business Owner?

Either the business doesn’t grow or it grows without increasing profit.

Or it places such high demands on the business owner that he or she is left wishing that it hadn’t grown.

Or perhaps the fear of a bigger business and “losing control” stops the business owner trying to grow, even though the current size isn’t providing enough profit.

In truth, the business can become stuck, the business owner can become stuck in his or her decisions or avoidance of decisions or both can be stuck in a vicious circle. Business problems cause personal problems which cause more business problems as the owner is trapped in a “doom loop”.

It’s not a good situation to be in, whatever the cause and whilst a business can stay stuck for a long time, it can suddenly move from drifting along in a steady but not exciting state to where first there is a some kind of serious crisis and then possibly failure.

It’s much better for you and the business to get unstuck. For those who would like advice and to work with a coach, I’m here to help those based in the UK.

For others, there are business books that relate to people who are stuck, businesses who are stuck and growth has stalled and businesses that have lost direction and need a need strategy and plan.

If your business has been stuck for a long time and performance has dropped to an uncomfortable level that indicates urgent action is needed, here is my list of thebest Business Turnaround books.

The Best Books About Getting Unstuck For Business Owners

You will only see the books I’ve rated at Four Stars (meaning good and well worth reading) and Five Stars (excellent and very highly recommended). Reviews of lower rated books appear on Amazon.co.uk but I haven’t brought the reviews across to my own website.

If you read my reviews, you’ll see I try to explain why I like them but also to identify any weaknesses. My job as a reviewer is to help you to find the most appropriate books rather than to help sell more books.

On that note, if you do decide to buy, I’d appreciate it if you could click through to Amazon on my links as (hopefully) I’ll earn a small referral commission.

Some of these books can be very expensive so, if you’re happy with a hard back or paperback book, take a look at the second hand options on Amazon. Personally I only buy if the condition is described as “As New” or “Very Good” unless I’m really keen and forced to drop down to “Good”.

Five Star Books On Getting Unstuck For Business Owners

The E Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

Summary: The E-Myth Revisited: Review and Analysis of Gerber’s Book

The E-Myth is the classic small business book where the owner of a pie shop is struggling and regrets taking on staff until she meets the author. The thinking is very powerful, the writing style is a problem which is why I’ve included a professional summary. The idea is to give you the good stuff without the nonsense. By and large they succeeded.

The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt and Jeff Cox

Forget the Urgent! by Matías Birrell and Javier Arévalo

The two books share two things in common. They are both novels and they both look at the Theory of Constraints. The Goal is the original set in manufacturing with the ideas about production scheduling. The second is much wider in scope and shows how the Theory of Constraints can affect many parts of a business.

Four Star Books On Getting Unstuck For Business Owners

Business SOS by Paul Avins

Unstuck by Kenyon Blunt

Breeding Gazelles by Dan Bradbury

What To Do When You Are Stuck by Richard Dotts

Isn’t It Obvious? By Eliyahu Goldratt – based on the Theory of Constraints for retailers

Absolute Certainty by John Haylock – based on the Theory of Constraints for service businesses

Breaking the Circle by Gabor Holch

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

The Unstuck Process by Robert Middleton

How to Get Unstuck by Barry Moltz

Getting Unstuck by Cara Stein

Turn Around Your Business by 5 PM by Maurice Stein

Meet and Grow Rich by Joe Vitale and Bill Hibbler

Unstuck by Keith Yamashita

Other Business Book Categories That May Interest You

Business PlanningBusiness StrategyBusiness TurnaroundInner GameKPI & Performance MeasurementLeading Your TeamMarketingProfit ImprovementProject ManagementSales TrainingSystemsTheory Of ConstraintsThinking

Paul Simister is a business coach who helps business owners who are stuck, get unstuck. If your business is based in the UK, you can have a free Business SOS consultation with me to help you get unstuck.

Radical Focus by Christina Wodtke

The full title of this book by Christina Wodtke is

Radical Focus: Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book 4 Stars. This means Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

A business start-up novel about using OKR to drive the business forward.

This tells the story of two young entrepreneurs who are struggling to build a speciality tea business. Their investor introduced them to the idea of setting objectives and key results (OKR) and then to a new chief technical officer with more extensive knowledge of how to apply them. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this short book is

The Mindset Warrior Summary Guide: The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling: Key Concepts, Main Lessons & Theories

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it 4 Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my review.

Very helpful reminder of the main points of 4DX

The full book of the 4 Disciplines of Execution is quite repetitive. When it first outlined the 4DX approach, I thought it was going to be a brilliant expose of how to get very important things done effectively by a team. Unfortunately, I found it a frustrating read and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a book often started but not finished. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling is

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book 4 Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Great concepts for achieving excellence in virtually any situation

This book is about creating change, getting people to implement a new strategy by changing what they do through commitment rather than compliance.

Many business books are based on looking at successful companies and finding common factors in what they do. Other times, academics will develop their theory and then go out looking for evidence it works. This book is different. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Sandy Steinman is

The Small Business Turnaround Guide: Take Your Business from Troubled to Triumphant

In my review of posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it Five Stars. This means it is Very Highly Recommended.

Here is my review.

A very good book for helping under performing businesses

I feel this book gets off to a bad start by trying to be funny about a bad situation. It doesn’t create the right impression. It immediately corrects itself by saying there is nothing funny about a failing business.

Many turnaround books are written about big businesses but this one is aimed at owner managed businesses. It starts by giving you a pep talk. It’s going to be tough to turnaround your business but you can do it. [continue reading…]

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Is Your Business Worth Saving? by Stacy Tuschl

The full title of this book by Stacy Tuschl is

Is Your Business Worth Saving?: A Step-by-Step Guide to Rescuing Your Business and Your Sanity

In my review posted to Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

A female view on managing a business

The book starts with a charming story of how the author accidentally found herself in business.

After reading a few badly written books recently, it’s a pleasure to find one that is well organised and flows, making it easy to read. [continue reading…]

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Your Business Brickyard by Howard Mann – 5 Stars

The full title of this book by Howard Mann is

Your Business Brickyard: Getting back to the basics to make your business more fun to run

In my review on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Five Stars. This means it is Excellent and is Very Highly Recommended.

Here is my book review.

Put the fancy stuff to one side and get back to basics

I read a lot of business books but rarely do I find one that connects so strongly with the frustrated, stressed-out business owners from the very start.

It’s not the best of book titles but it’s a metaphor that refers to a catching exercise for wide receivers in American football. [continue reading…]

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Rethink Your Marketing by Tom Shapiro – 5 Stars

The full title of this book by Tom Shapiro is

“Rethink Your Marketing: 7 Strategies to Unleash Revenue Growth”.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I gave it a FIVE star rating, meaning that I rate it as excellent.

Here is what I posted.

An excellent and thoughtful book to get your business back on track

The book encourages you to rethink seven different areas:

1-your audience
2-how they think
3-your goals
4-your marketing mix
5-your metrics
6-your revenue model
7-your future

The aim is to get your business growing again. Too often, companies get stuck and the owner-managers don’t know what to do other than more of the same, copying competitors or jumping on the latest fad. [continue reading…]

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What To Do When You Are Stuck by Richard Dotts

The full title of this book by Richard Dotts is

What To Do When You Are Stuck And Nothing Seems To Work

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I rated it as a FOUR Stars book, this means I think it is good to very good.

Here is what I posted.

Focuses on your inner game

This book focuses on what I call your inner game, how your thoughts, beliefs and emotions control your actions or inactions. [continue reading…]

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Isn’t It Obvious? By Eliyahu Goldratt

The full title of the book written by Eliyahu Goldratt and with Ilan Eshkoli and Joe Brownleer is

Isn’t It Obvious?: A Business Novel on Retailing Using the Theory of Constraints“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I rated the book at the FOUR Stars level which means I think it is good to very good.

Here is what I wrote.

TOC in a retail setting with wider lessons

This is another business novel explaining the ideas behind the Theory Of Constraints. To make it a snappier read, Eli Goldratt worked with screenwriters who were well used to regularly revising their work.

It is based on a retail business in home textiles in the US. I can’t remember the exact numbers but there are about 100 stores organised into about 10 regions. [continue reading…]

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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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