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Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself Hardcover – Illustrated, August 21, 2018
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“If there will ever be a patron saint for entrepreneurs, Mike Michalowicz is surely a top contender for the position. He has personally been through every point of the entrepreneurial roller coaster, which gives him the credibility to speak to entrepreneurs in the kind of honest language they want to hear. Avoiding the airy, high-altitude maxims so common in other books, Clockwork is chock full of practical and relatable advice. It reminds entrepreneurs why they set out on the adventure and offers them a toolbox to take with them.”
- Simon Sinek, Optimist and author of Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last
“Clockwork is a how-to-manual for helping a small business owner achieve the purpose of owning a business – time and financial freedom. Masterful job Mike!”
- Gino Wickman, author of Traction and Creator of EOS
"When your business runs like clockwork, you can finally go off the clock! In this fun book, Mike shows how you, too, can achieve the dream of an enterprise that thrives while you enjoy all life has to offer."
- Laura Vanderkam, author of Off the Clock and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast
"Clockwork teaches you to own your business rather than run your business. It will give you more free time, more automated cash and more freedoms to be yourself. I'm grateful for this easy to implement system."
- Donald Miller, author of Building a StoryBrand
"Does it feel like your business owns you rather than you owning your business? This is the book that will help you build a business that works for you -- rather than the other way round!"
– L. David Marquet, Captain, US Navy (retired), author of Turn the Ship Around!
"Are you drowning in work? Many — if not most — entrepreneurs are barely keeping their heads above the rising tide of tasks demanding their attention. What if you could design your business so that you could climb above the grind and focus on just the work you really want to do? In Mike Michalowicz’s newest book, he sets out a seven-point plan for doing just that. Read CLOCKWORK and take the first step towards taking back your life.”
- Daniel H. Pink, author of When and Drive
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780525534013
- ISBN-13 : 978-0525534013
- Dimensions : 6.22 x 0.91 x 9.3 inches
- Publisher : Portfolio; Illustrated edition (August 21, 2018)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0525534016
- Best Sellers Rank: #33,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In spite of flippant comments throughout that say, "Oh, if you're a solopreneur, this works for you, too," it's not true. It all boils down to hiring other people and then delegating to them.
I can't help but wonder about all of the high reviews because not only are the ideas not new (some even directly lifted from others like Jim Collins), the writing style is so flippant ("Come closer to the book, no closer, SLAM! now I've slapped you with my leather glove") and sometimes even offensive (joke about suicide I found in poor taste), but it's so much longer than it needs to be. Surely this could have been a pamphlet.
I am not someone who knows him or was given a copy of this book. I paid for it with my own money and I wish I had it back. I liked his Profit First book and used it. It had a similar writing style, but I don't think it was as bad as this. The Pumpkin Plan book wasn't as good as Profit First, but this one is nowhere near the value the others are. Do not buy this expecting it to teach you how to do anything other than tell other people to do your work. If those other people don't exist, this book will be of no/very little use to you.
The formula of this book is anecdote, bad joke, anecdote that barely fits with the concepts, useful exercise/insight. He has turned what should have been a 20 page pamphlet into a 236 page quasi book, quasi stand-up comedy routine.
It seems like publishers have encouraged every business author to be my "best bro". That is definitely how this book reads. Mike seems like the kind of guy who thinks he's the smartest, most charismatic, and funniest guy in the room.
Despite Mike's best effort - his ego and stale jokes didn't keep me from getting something from this book. There are some solid ideas that we'll implement in our business. Unfortunately those concepts were well enough discussed in the podcast that I could have saved myself both the cost of the book (minimal) and the cost of my time (expensive).
In the book Mike also plugs some of his other books. The one upside is that I have been able to add those books to my do not read list.
For nearly 10 years, I ran a business as a solopreneur. Partly, I never wanted employees. Partly, I thought that I was hot stuff and never wanted to turn over that "talent" to others. Then last year, I saw the author Mike Michalowicz deliver a presentation at the QuickBooks Connect conference last year, where he introduced the concept of the "Queen Bee" role. To be honest, it felt familiar, especially when he divulged the 4 D's -- A system of delegating everything in your business (even if that means delegating to yourself). It's a way of setting up systems that empowers everyone to be their best possible self.
That's when I realized that I was ready to grow with this kind of system in place. I realized that not having this system meant that I wasn't trusting my employees to do the right thing, with or without me (preferably without). That tied me to my business. I couldn't take a vacation, not really, because I was always worried that I'd have fires to put out. I thought that I was the only one that could get it done. I was wrong, and this book proved it to me.
FWIW (and some full disclosure), Mike has also been a friend/mentor/coach of mine since the launch of his other books, Profit First and The Pumpkin Plan. And this book really is the next step in the evolution of those for any business owner. Yes, I had an early copy of the book and concepts, so I've been able to test a few of them. There are still things I'm working on. The concepts, however familiar or not, are laid out beautifully in Clockwork and have taught me that it's even better when your team doesn't need you for every decision.
Top reviews from other countries
I remarked to my girlfriend that my business was running itself a lot more than a year ago and she retorted that I work more now than ever!
So I've taken the first few action steps already and am committed to my 4 week vacation.
Easy to read style, motivating and actionable. Have already recommended it to my business partner and he's downloaded the audible version.
Mike's book is informative and interesting and gets his audience to look at their business in a new way that will help them become focused and efficient. Learn the simple techniques and keep this book close by and don't let it become a shelf help book.
Working through 'Clockwork' is, of course, a commitment, but nothing of value comes along with ease. Mike's describes every element of 'Clockwork' and it all just makes sense. It's eye-opening but also simple when you follow his guidance.
I won't give anything away in this review ( as i didn't in Profit First review ) as I recommend this book to every business owner. Buy yourself a copy and learn from Mike. The humour in the book alone will lift your day.
I wrote the next two sentences for my 'Profit First' review but I am repeating them here as they are also relevant for this title.
This book is written by a genius businessman that has been there, done it and now has the kindness and generosity to share his wisdom and knowledge with us business owners. This is real advice, from a really clever guy that is proven and not a fly by night wannabee. If you need proof, watch Mike's talks on YouTube.
Thank you, Mike, for sharing your skill and knowledge. It's making a world of difference to my business and I'm still working through your books. Thank you.
This book gives you a step by step guide for getting the work off of you plate and onto someone else. I now have an 18 month plan to take a 4 week holiday. I've done this before but never been completely out of the loop. I look forward to putting this in action.
If your an established business owner this is worth a read.
If you are a new business, read this and save yourself 10 years!