©1955, 2001, 2003, 2004 Michael E. Gerber; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Gerber loves to exhort people to develop powerful visions for their companies." (Fortune)
If you read Gino Wickman's "Traction" you will find this a little deeper. It gets into more of the meat of the subject.
I was looking for something more in-depth. This book didn't really answer the question: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work!
Probably not. He is pretty boring.
The only one: Michael Gerber
Maybe Mr. Gerber is a successful businessman, but he didn't really tell me what I need to know. It was all vague advice about how to "dream big" and change your outlook on how a business runs. It's pretty much a self-help book instead of a list of reasons why most businesses fail and listing solutions that are easily applicable.
out of college I found myself hungry for knowledge and no teachers, so I got into books fast and soon was addicted
This is a clear and simple guide to build your business in the RIGHT way. It shows you the most common mistakes we make as we start whether it is a small or big business, in an EXCELLENT narrative. You'll feel your friend is giving you all this advice, it is just great, you'll learn a lot from this, you'll want to give it to your partners as well. I know I had a catharsis in several examples Michael depicts. So its a great help to guide you through all the mess it is to have or start a business, and please, don't do everything yourself.
Systems help save time
The principles apply to almost any kind of business
Enjoyed the book.
If you are starting a small business or have started a small business this is a must read.
I am a construction contract claims consultant. I help people get paid fast and run jobs. Construction Solutions Online. Australia.
A fantastic book for construction subcontractors and builders.
Learn how to make your contracting business work for you.
Easy listening that outlines ‘why most small contracting businesses fail and what to do about it’.
It shows you how to systemise your business so it succeeds.
Construction Solutions Online,
Great Book, This book explains many concepts that are necessary to develop a business and not another job. He explains the mistakes that we do when going into business and how to avoid them.
In the book he explains that people mostly do a business is because they are good at something that they do (e.g: Pies, circuit boards, stuff) and then they create the business and start working in the business and focus mostly on the technical side which is what they do best. This is a mistake that we do and he explains how to work on the business instead of in the business.
Great book for anyone that has a business and/or is starting to create one.
The best part is Author is walking you through a case study of a real life struggling entrepreneur. I was able to relate to the situation. If you are a small business owner and struggling to get this figured out, this is a must read. The content is extremely educational and practical. The solution is with in you.... I would keep this as my reference point.
Scientifically backed, Motivating, almost poetry. The story used to demonstrate the key messages gets a little old, but I am a big fan of the messages and how the book is written.
I started my own business and was told that business structure is important. But I thought that would come in time. Since my business failed I am now in a position to take this message to heart. The author hits the nail on the head! Listen to him. "Work on your business" its more important than working in it.
The idea of 3 people inside you is true too: technician, manager & leader.
Its VERY easy to allow your dominant side control you and your business.
I wish I had really understood this before I started my business.
In the top 5 business books
Work on your business not just in it
I was given this book years ago by a client and loved it. The audible version was as good and I make a point of reading or listening to it once a year to keep me on track.
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