Wake Up And Change Your Life by Duncan Bannatyne is an easy read. By that I mean it’s written in an easy to understand style that gives you an interesting viewpoint into the way Duncan Bannatyne sees business.
For a start he believes that one of his key skills is the ability to delegate. And to grow a business that’s the key point most entrepreneurs need to understand and do! Certainly from my own project management experience delegating can sometimes be worrying but usually people come through. If things go wrong when you delegate you need to learn from it and asses how you would ensure that problem didn’t crop up again.
Bannatyne’s book is a brisk take on what you need to start, run, grow and ultimately sell your business.
The First Step For A New Business
The first step is the idea, the second to check whether you’re cut-out for business with an interesting test that he provides in the book. Just so you know 4 of my key strengths according to the test are ‘B’, ‘A’, ‘D’, ‘F.’ So when you read the book you can compare your results to someone else! And why not comment about them too?
The book contains interesting little case studies of other successful business people and asks key questions such as “what’s the best advice you’ve ever had” and “what do you wish you’d known from the start?”
Will It Wake You Up?
It’s unlikely that Bannatyne’s book wakes you with a start as something amazing hits you. That said it is a mine of useful and pragmatic business advice that new business owners would benefit from dipping into from time to time.
It is an interesting read and it certainly helps you understand Duncan Bannatyne the businessman, and if you want to go on Dragon’s Den a very helpful primer.