I have attended a few sessions on ‘business’ as part of my preparation for leaving the Army and one of the books recommended to me was ‘The E Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to do About It’ by Michael Gerber.
I imagine that a great many of the people reading this, if ‘great’ is not overstating the number of people who read this blog, are nodding there heads in agreement. Even those who have not read the book have probably heard it’s central theme stated by business advisors like a mantra:
‘Work on the business, not in the business’
The book is written in a conversational style with Michael guiding an artisan pie baker along his philosophy and approach to business, this contrived business consultancy session is the vehicle and he illustrates his points as he goes with anecdotes from his experience.
Inevitably the style will jar with some people, not least the ‘big reveal’ at the end of the story about Michael’s own life. If you can get past the style the book will reward you with some first class inspiration about how you could go about setting up your business with systems that allow it to grow to multiple sites whilst you step back from the operations and focus on your strategic approach.
I don’t usually get all that excited by self-help style books but this positively screamed a demand for action, especially as when I read it I was in the phase of developing in my own mind how my business would run. You can pick it up for £5 from Amazon, I believe it’s worth every penny.