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Taking the Mystery Out of Business: 9 Fundamentals for Business Success Paperback – December 15, 2010
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This is a quick book to read with a lot of practical advice regarding not just business, but life itself. Yes, it is primarily aimed at business, but will help a person in any organization and even family life. --Alain B. Burrese on Amazon
This business book "delivers the goods" exactly as promised. I've seen textbooks that weigh in at 20 pounds and contain the same information, but in less palatable form. --CarlaReads on Amazon
From the Author
This is my first non-fiction book, the first in a series of business books. As an entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in the world of business, I've found that clueless is a dangerous place to be.
As a writer and educator, my expertise lies in evaluating a subject and peeling back the layers of complexity to expose its basic components. Like a good mystery novel, life involves drama and suspense, not to mention a never-ending supply of red herrings. I take a complex subject (in this book: the world of business) and break it down into chapters and scenes, showing you how to recognize the clues and identify the killers so you don't fall victim to anything less than resounding success.
From there, it becomes easy to plot a course and achieve your goals without having to commit murder. (Or worse, professional suicide!)
Top customer reviews
I've known Linda Faulkner for a number of years, and she has always impressed me as someone on top of things, a go-getter, and someone who cares about other people. I think these attributes come through in this book. I also found I was personally knowledgeable about some of what she wrote about. In fact, one of the conferences she mentions as an example was a conference that I also spoke at, and remember her topic and presentation. Because of this knowledge, I can say the real Linda Faulkner comes through in "Taking The Mystery Out Of Business."
The nine topics that she tackles in this text are Mental Attitude, Research, Resources, Essential Business Knowledge, Relationships, Organization, Time Management, Money, and Customer Attention. All of these are important to consider if you are a small business owner. They are important for large businesses too, but please realize that Faulkner is a successful small business owner, and it is small business owners that she aimed this book at. This is not your corporate management text, but rather a small business owner's strategies, tips, and suggestions to succeed with a small business.
I think one of the most important things that comes through with this book is Faulkner's positive and optimistic outlook and attitude. In fact, mental attitude is the first thing she writes about, and she starts out chapter one with, "Attitude is the single most important element of success." This chapter especially is relevant to much more than just business, but to life itself. Faulkner's positive attitude comes through in this book just as it does when you meet her in person, and I do think that is one of the keys to her successes.
The chapters on organization and time management provide a few of the tips and strategies that Faulkner uses, but I found them to be pretty simple and not nearly as complete as other books that focus on these topics alone. However, a couple tips might be all you need, and if you need more assistance, seek out one of the many resources available on these topics. The key thing, that I agree with, is these areas are important to succeed in business.
If you are an entrepreneur or small business owner who wants some suggestions and tips as how to better run your business and succeed, Faulkner's quick read will motivate you and set you in the right direction. The book may entice you to learn more about the topics she covers, and that would be a good thing too. But, just taking her advice to heart, doing the assignments at the end of each chapter, and especially keeping that good attitude, will assist you in doing more, earning more, and most of all enjoying more with your small business.
Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks.
Whether one is a COO, a CEO of a multi-layered organization, or a single entrepreneur, this slender volume has sage advice and clear understanding of both the limitations and the values of this kind of self-help effort. Written in a breezy direct style, the work offers frank direct ideas that, if taken in the heartfelt manner in which they are presented, can lead to successful business undertaking. Moreover, if it should be widely adopted, one might discover a plethora of business success driving our current recessionary circumstances into oblivion.
At first blush I didn't see how this slender book would be of much use to authors in the Crime Fiction community. But developments in publishing and rereading now lead me to suggest there are several fundamental aspects business here addressed which would be of considerable benefit to independent publishers and authors.
Who will benefit from Faulkner's book?
Anyone who's considering a business venture. The seven scenarios of why businesses fail (page 37) are worth the cost of the book.
Anyone who operates a business and needs to increase income or cut costs.
Managers and employees who want to excel and grow.
Experienced professionals who need a refresher course.
Business students who want to master the basics without spending $140 on a giant textbook.
You can't go wrong -- this book is worth the money!