Welcome to the second in our new feature – a Business Book of the Month. For November, I read and thoroughly enjoyed…

Successful Business Minds by Helen Monaghan

I really found this book helpful on a number of levels; instead of a standard ‘good business principles’ book which re-covers the same old information, it is a very useful insight into our relationships with money and the resulting impact this will have on your decision making and how you rate your success.

It appears to be a fairly short book, but the font size is small and so there is so much more information in the book than I first realised. There are also great ‘takeaway’ notes at the end of each chapter, to help you to focus on what the main points were and to reflect on the material further. This is a very practical book, there are several worksheets to complete and for it to be used to have real impact on your business you would need to spend some time working through the practical and more thoughtful aspects of the chapters.

I was surprised by how many aspects of our thinking processes were covered in the book, as well as time management and more traditional skills. Having taught a number of similar courses I thought the quality of the information and how it was written was very good. Far more than just a business book – Successful Business Minds helps you to really dig deep and build your business from a base of strong values and self knowledge, it’s a great book for those playing the long game to build a great business they love.

To find out more about Helen, take a look at her website 

This review is also featured on the UK Business Circle, a network of small businesses helping each other to grow. 

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I’m delighted to introduce our new feature in conjunction with the UK Business Circle – a Business Book Review each month and to start us off is the wonderful, calming Lisa Cole from Less-Stuff.

There will also be an interview with Lisa on Friday as part of our continuing quest to get to know authors better. Enjoy!

From Piles to Files: Easy Ways to Declutter Your Paperwork in 5 Days

by Lisa Cole

Well I don’t know a small business owner that doesn’t groan about paperwork at some time…so a claim to help you manage all of the paper in your home or office ‘without tears’ is quite bold! I always believe I have a system, until I need to find something, or the kids decide to play schools on my desk, or helpful people put the post in new and unexpected places.

The first step in From Piles to Files is just to collect ALL the paper you have in to one place—this sounds so simple but actually took me almost a whole day as I found little scraps and sticky notes EVERYWHERE. I worked through the steps, there is a daily goal but it’s very flexible and you could go faster or slower depending on your ‘piles’. The book is very concise and to the point, with clear explanations of what to do as well as helpful ideas of barriers you may face and how to manage them.  From Piles to Files is a very well written and useful addition to any home or small office, it’s something I imagine I will use again;  perhaps annually to keep the ‘piles’ under control, especially at accounts time… I enjoyed the down to earth style of writing and the friendly hints and tips along the way.

Lisa Cole has a new book out to support those for whom more general clutter has become too much to handle called The Elephants in the Room.

Both books are available from her website

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