I pay a lot of attention to Brian Tracy because he always provides concise, insightful advice. In this short video (less than 4 minutes), he provides on how to work smarter by being more focused on how you spend your time.
Rich Schefren is one of my business heroes, and in this 4-minute video, he reveals how your perceptions of your business may be damaging its chances of success.
The full title of this book by Willem Gous is
Get Out of Your Rut Now: A 20-minute Guide with Proven Tactics To Overcome Procrastination, Achieve Your Goals and Get The Results You Really Want and Need Right Now
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 review.
The talk you probably need to hear
The book starts with the author admitting he’s writing the book because he’s in a rut and has set himself two days to follow a process to reduce procrastination and achieve a goal.
This could be a very short book which never reaches the end. [continue reading…]
Welcome to Pillar 2 of the Eight Pillars of Business Prosperity which focuses on how to win Your Inner Game.
In this series of modules you will clarify a strong vision for what you want personally and for your business.
You’ll also discover how to make your vision impact on everything you do so you take consistent steps towards achieving it.
From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be
In Pillar 1, Your Key Numbers we looked at how you create a set of measures to monitor where you and your business are at any time. [continue reading…]
Pillar 2 Your Inner Game – What’s It All About?
I define coaching as a process to help you to move from where you are to where you want to be.
The Eight Pillars of Business Prosperity is my coaching system.
Pillar 1 gives you tips on how to establish where you are by learning how to measure and manage for profit.
Pillar 2 focuses on helping you to define where you want to be.
It then gives you guidance on how you can win your Inner Game by identifying and taking the actions to move you from where you are to where you want to be.
This section is all about you and how you will influence the direction of your business and the choices made in it.
When I first started working with small business owners, I was rather dismissive of this self help category, wanting to get stuck into helping to define the strategy, the marketing and the financial control and performance measure systems.
The more I work with business owners, the more I’m forced to accept that this can be one of the most important areas. If you’re familiar with my four pathways model to success or failure, I amended it to the five pathways. A poorly performing inner game can do a lot of damage even to a business that is strong in the other four pathways.
The full title of this book by James Wilson is
The Psychology of Success: Wantpower Versus Willpower
In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.
Here is my book review.
This is a very short book that takes about 20 minutes to read.
It argued that we’ve been taught the wrong lessons to achieve success. We’re urged to work hard, be self disciplined etc to strive for what we want.
Another problem is that we’re not clear on what we want. We have vague dreams and fantasies of what it would be like to be rich. [continue reading…]
The full title of this book by Dr Philip Kim is
“Chase One Rabbit: 10 Habits that Move You from Failure to Success“.
In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I rated the book at the Four Stars level, this means that I consider it to be good to very good.
This is what I posted.
A fine first book for someone interested in “self help”
I was drawn to this book because, in my coaching when I talk about focus, I quote a Confucius saying “the man who chases two rabbits, catches neither.” [continue reading…]
The full title of this book by Phil Rosenzweig is
“The Halo Effect: How Managers let Themselves be Deceived.”
In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I rated it at the Four Stars level, which means I consider the book to be good to very good.
Here is what I posted.
Can you trust what business books tell you?
As a business coach and advisor, I read a lot of business books looking for extra ideas on how to improve businesses.
This book provides a major warning that recipes for success in these books are often misleading. It’s particularly critical of best sellers like “In Search Of Excellence“, “Built To Last” and “Good To Great” for their research methods and extravagant claims.
The problem is the title of the book – the halo effect. It seems that generally people assess successful, growing, profitable companies as having a wide range of virtues while struggling companies must be weak at many things. It sounds sensible but problems occur when a good company becomes bad, despite carrying on with all the virtues. [continue reading…]
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…]
The full title of this book by Ron Taylor is
“The 80/20 Rule: Putting the Power of the Pareto Principle to Work in Your Strategic Planning and Business Development“.
In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I rated the book at the Four Stars level, meaning that I think it is good to very good.
Here is what I wrote.
An 80/20 business parable
In theory, I like the idea of a business parable, that is a novel style story that carries business lessons. In practice, my experience is that they can be hit and miss. I’ve come across some where the “plot” and dreadful dialogue get in the way of learning by making reading the book a painful and distracting experience. [continue reading…]