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Book Reviews About Getting Unstuck

What is stuck in terms of businesses and business owners?

I think it’s struggling or disappointing performance but a level above a desperate turnaround situation and several levels above closure.

The problems may be coming from outside the business – how the business environment is changing, or how customers are drifting away or where a new competitor creates a major threat.

Or they may come from inside the business, from poorly designed systems and processes or where they’ve been left to evolve over time without a regular review.

Or they could come from the business owner him-or-herself. A business owner who is struggling to make decisions or to manage their time will create problems for the business. Alternatively the problem may be imposed on the business owner because of stress and evens from their personal life – serious illness of themselves or a loved one, divorce or separation or an extra-marital affair that takes away attention from the business.

Whatever the cause, the business and business owner need to move from stuck to unstuck.

Here are the books I’ve reviewed. Below you’ll find links to them all but, if you’d rather focus on the very best, you’ll find them in my 5 Star Getting Unstuck Books, or the 4 & 5 star books are in the Best Getting Unstuck Books.

There are a number of other categories of books that may be appropriate if you’re feeling stuck:

There are a lot of books about getting unstuck. here are links to the other pages – page 2page 3page 4page 5 – page 6

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…]

in Best Business Books

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…]

in Best Business Books

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…]

in Best Business Books

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…]

in Best Business Books, Business Problems And Mistakes

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…]

in Best Business Books

Stunted Growth by Ray Noble with Clara Noble

The full title of this book by Ray Noble with Clara Noble is

Stunted Growth: 100 Reasons why your business is going nowhere and how to fix it

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Three Stars. This means it is Worthwhile.

Here is my book review.

What has stopped the business from growing?

I like the idea of this book but I’m not so keen on the execution of it.

The authors are right. There are many reasons why a business stops developing in a valid, meaningful way and gets stuck. [continue reading…]

in Other Business Books

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…]

in Best Business Books, Business Problems And Mistakes

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…]

in 4 – Lead Generation, Best Business Books, Business Problems And Mistakes

Stop Banging Your Head by William Van Hoy

The full title of this book by William Van Hoy is

Stop Banging Your Head: Break through the wall of frustration in small business

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Three Stars. This means it is Worthwhile.

Here is my book review.

Enough is enough. Stop being frustrated and do what’s necessary to make progress – financial services industry

If you’re a business owner, you’ll be familiar with the wall of frustration. No matter how often or how hard you hit your head against the wall, you don’t seem to make significant progress. [continue reading…]

in Other Business Books

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…]

in Best Business Books