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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mulekick Publishing; 3rd edition (April 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981608205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981608204
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone can own a business, to be a professional CEO, you need to practice the techniques taught in this book --John Murray, CEO, Counter Intelligence. I continually review my copy of the 51 Fatal Business Errors. As a business owner, there are many daily decisions that to be made.....it s nice to rely on such a great tool. --Jeff Hastings, President, I.S.E.. The 51 Fatal Business Errors is a power-packed and most useful tool. Different that many business books that try to draw the reader in with stories and case studies, this one simply hits fifty-one crucial areas that small business leaders need to be excellent in, shows the common error(s) that many CEOs make, and offers a solution for every one. Every business owner will find at least one idea in this volume that could make or save them thousands of dollars. --Dan Devling, President, Midland Radio Corporation

I continually review my copy of the 51 Fatal Business Errors. As a business owner, there are many daily decisions that to be made.....it s nice to rely on such a great tool. --Jeff Hastings, President, I.S.E.

The 51 Fatal Business Errors is a power-packed and most useful tool. Different that many business books that try to draw the reader in with stories and case studies, this one simply hits fifty-one crucial areas that small business leaders need to be excellent in, shows the common error(s) that many CEOs make, and offers a solution for every one. Every business owner will find at least one idea in this volume that could make or save them thousands of dollars. --Dan Devling, President, Midland Radio Corporation

About the Author

Over the past eight years, Jim Muehlhausen C.P.A., J.D. has traveled the country speaking to business owners as well as has personally coached hundreds of business owners in over 3000 face-to-face coaching sessions. Jim will now share a condensed, everything you need to know version of those 3000+ coaching sessions in this book. Before becoming a full-time business coach, Jim Muehlhausen became the youngest franchisee in Meineke Discount Muffler history. The first time he set foot in a store, he set the single-day corporate store sales record. He ended up with three successful locations and sold the businesses for a healthy profit. Jim then started a manufacturing company that he ran for nine years. In 1999 Jim s company was honored by Inc. Magazine and Michael Porter from Harvard Business School as the 53rd fastest growing company in the Inc. ICC 100.

More About the Author

Jim Muehlhausen CPA, JD has had articles feature in numerous publications including Businessweek.com, Entrepreneur, Inc., Indianapolis Business Journal, The Small Business Report, Undercar Digest, Washingtonpost.com, Digitrends and NAICC Legal Journal. His recent book has already sold over 10,000 copies. (The 51 Fatal Business Errors and How to Avoid Them, ISBN: 978-0981608204)

Jim graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.S. in Accounting, passing the CPA exam while still in college. While subsequently attending the Indiana University School of Law, he became the youngest franchisee in Meineke Discount Muffler history (1987-1991). After successfully selling that business, Jim founded an automotive aftermarket manufacturing concern. During his 9-year tenure, the company achieved recognition from Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School and Inc. Magazine in the IC 100 Fastest Growing Businesses. Jim went on to enter the CEO coaching business. He says, "This is the work I was born to do." Over the past eight years, Jim has personally coached hundreds of business owners in over 3500 face-to-face coaching sessions and has clients in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has condensed the most valuable business lessons into his book "The 51 Fatal Business Errors and How to Avoid Them."

Jim serves on several non-profit and company boards of directors as well as serving as an adjunct professor of business at the University of Indianapolis.
Jim's speaking topics include: "The 51 Fatal Business Errors," Stop Hiring Your Competitor's Rejects,"The Perfect Business Model and How to Get It," and "The Pareto Trap: How Most Business Owners Spend 80% of Their Time on the Wrong Stuff."

Customer Reviews

I have read this book and attended the webinar course.
Russell C. Westover
These are presented in a humorous, easily readable style.
Virginia B. Youngblood
This book is just what the business owner needs to read.
William Schoeffler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Dabicci on February 13, 2008
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I was blown away by the content in this book. The 51 Fatal Business Errors is more like a reference manual for successfully operating a profitable business. As someone who has started and run several different businesses, I only have time for practical, real-world advice and ideas. 51 Fatal Business Errors definitely delivers in that regard. I highly recommend this book for any business owner or anybody who wants to become one, while avoiding the many pitfalls too many of us have tended to make.
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If you play golf, you know that you cannot stand over the ball and fill your head with all the possible bad shots you might hit and expect to hit a good shot. In performance you must focus on what you are trying to accomplish rather than on what you might do wrong. However, when not in active performance it is good to analyze your performance for weaknesses, mistakes, and all the details you might improve. This book is for those times.

Jim Muehlausen provides a book for small businessmen (and women), especially entrepreneurs, full of common mistakes that can prevent your success and actually lead to business failure. This book has 51 common business mistakes and most of us who have worked in business have seen most of them made at one time or another. Maybe we have made a few of them ourselves.

Each mistake is explained in a paragraph or two, a brief real life example is given, and a solution for the problem is offered. About half of the problems also have boldface paragraphs where the author really gets in your face about this problem. A few of these problems contain a bonus that you can view on the web.

The author offers a subscription web service to help you improve you business that is based on this book. You don't need to subscribe to benefit from this book, but I thought you should know that the author will try to sell you that service as your read this book.

The book deals with errors that have to do with hiring, organization, selling & marketing, how you lead, common worst practices, and the errors that flow from trying to be the only one in your company who can actually do anything and then blaming everyone else when things go wrong.

I like this book and you might benefit from it, too.

No, I did not subscribe to the service.

Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Ann Arbor, MI
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Virginia B. Youngblood on January 19, 2009
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This mercifully brief management book is full of excellent observations on managing. These are presented in a humorous, easily readable style.

I once had a person tell me there are no new management ideas, only new people using them. This may be true. "The 51 Fatal Business Errors" is very helpful in presenting observations that are worth considering adding to your management "tool kit".

The book is well worth the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Deitz on May 2, 2008
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This guy gets it! In today's world, with changes coming at you at break-neck speed, most of us never take time to review our current business system from top to bottom. As Muelhausen points out in 51 Fatal Business Errors, there's a lot of land mines for an executive to avoid in order to take his company (or his department) to the levels that it should achieve. Spotting and defusing them before they do major damage is critical to achieving and maintaining success. The book makes it clear that it's not always about the new technology, a different management structure, or the latest products from R&D--sometimes its just removing a few negatives that are keeping us from reaching our goals.

I understand Muehlhausen uses this book as the basis for speeches he gives around the country. I'm looking forward to catching him when he comes to Atlanta.

Jim Deitz, The Franchise Doctor
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Middleton on March 7, 2008
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This is absolutely a must-read for any small business owner or emerging business CEO. Within a plethora of business books on the market, Muelhausen's book stands out due to its solution-oriented approach and effective application to real-life business situations. Most importantly, he succinctly tackles a variety of issues that many CEOs simply ignore or hope go away on their own. On issues that need a more in depth exploration, Muelhausen offers valuable (and free!) additional resources to help meet the challenges. This is a quick read that you will continue to pull off the shelf as concise user's manual for business success.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Gadoury on March 21, 2008
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Mr. Muehlhausen provides just the type of "down and dirty" material that a business person needs to grow their organization to the next level. The format lends itself to problem specific reading and the concise format makes it approachable. It's on my "Go-To" list of business books that I recommend to my peers and associates. Must read!
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This book is just what the business owner needs to read. In one sense it is reassuring to know you are not the only one making these mistakes. The good news is that the author gives you practical solutions to these errors, so that you can fix the problem.

Sometimes we see the end result of one of these 51 Fatal Errors, but don't know the cause. As the only owner of a business, this book is a great reference to check for the cause when things are going crazy and I cannot figure why.

The author also has very helpful and unique insight to some common issues, such as his delegation grid (Fatal Error 16) and the impact of not training your employees (Fatal Error 27). He makes points through out the book that make me re-think the way I look at things and do things.

The book is written in a straight forward and easy to read style. It does not need to be read sequentially, so you can jump around and read the parts that impact you the most. I recommend it to business owners as a guide to improving your approach to your business.
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