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Articles And Book Reviews About Moving From Being Stuck To Getting Unstuck

Business owners and their businesses can both get stuck and problems transfer from one to the other as the business owner is often the main driver of what happens in the business and bears the burden of responsibility.

The business owner can also take his work troubles home.

It creates a vicious circle.

Problems at work distract you and make you grumpy and irritable.

You go home, snap at your husband or wife and kids and have an argument. One of you may sulk and there is a bad atmosphere at home.

Back at work, you’re still grumpy and might take it out on your employees.

Suppliers let you down, customers change their minds, cancelling some orders, delaying others and placing urgent orders they need yesterday. Business becomes more stressful and your hours get extended.

You miss key family events, upsetting your kids and husband or wife again.

The cycle goes on and on… until you say “ENOUGH” and do something about it or your business and/or home life collapses around you.

You may have seen it happen to friends. Happy lives spiral out of control when you and you business get stuck.

Below are a series of articles and book reviews to help you to get back in control and to get unstuck. These articles will remind you about what is important to you and to encourage you to stop drifting like a victim and get back to the real you, the go-getter who started your business full of hope and dreams.

Some of these are very much focused on you and why you feel stuck. Others focus on your business and will help to explain why performance is disappointing and what you can do to turn it around.

If you’ve read my tagline at the top of the page, you’ll see that I’m very much focused on helping business owners who are stuck with disappointing marketing, to get unstuck. Almost inevitably my coaching widens out from there.

If it’s books you’re after, I have three categories to help you to find what you need. Some of these may appear unusual but I feel they all fit with moving from stuck to unstuck.

5 Star Getting Unstuck Books
The Best Getting Unstuck Books (4 & 5 Stars)
All The Getting Unstuck Books

If you’re a business owner based in the UK, I offer a free 60 minute consultation I call a Business SOS (Second Opinion Session) to help you to focus on why you’re stuck and what you can do to get unstuck.

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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

Business Turnaround Coaching: Who Can It Work For And Who Needs More?

What is Business Turnaround Coaching?

Business Turnaround Coaching is halfway between traditional business coaching and turnaround management.

Traditional business coaching works very well for many growing businesses and is often a six months or twelve months improvement project as the coach and business owner work together. You would systematically work through your business, improving areas of weakness and testing new ideas in areas of strength.

Turnaround management is much more dramatic. It involves a turnaround specialist taking over management control of a struggling business that is on the verge of failure. It’s normally full time and the duration depends on the severity of the problems and the size and complexity of the business.

Business Turnaround Coaching recognises the need for fast improvement in a business but is less intrusive than turnaround management but much more intensive than traditional business coaching. For example, my 30 Days Business Coaching Boot Camp has daily contact with the business owner for 30 consecutive days Monday to Friday to maintain focus and accountability on the most important improvement efforts. [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…]

in Best Business Books, Business Problems And Mistakes

Turnaround Management vs Turnaround Coaching

How Do Turnaround Management And Turnaround Coaching Compare For A Small Business In Financial Difficulties?

There are three main ways businesses get into financial trouble:

  1. A business start-up that has failed to achieved lift-off to become a viable business.
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  2. A business that has hit a sudden financial problem often caused by a large bad debt, losing a contract with a major customer or a disaster situation like a major fire or flood.
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  3. A business has gone into gradual decline.

If the business is to survive, it must be turned around before the money runs out and before it becomes insolvent without any realistic prospect of recovery.

Please note, insolvency is a legal issue where there can be serious implications for the directors and shareholders and you will need to check the legal situation in your own country. If in doubt, my advice is to consult an insolvency professional.

The turnaround solutions depend on the cause of the problem. [continue reading…]

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Primary Aim and Strategic Objective

I recommend many of my personal clients to read The E Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber and in particular I want them to read two chapters.

In my edition it’s Chapter 12 on Your Primary Aim and Chapter 13 on Your Strategic Objective.

These two chapters woke me up about this work / life balance topic and the amazing power you have as a business owner… if you decide to use 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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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…]

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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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