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Is this blue book more valuable than a business degree? Most people enter their professional careers not understanding how to grow a business. At times, this makes them feel lost, or worse, like a fraud pretending to know what they're doing. It's hard to be successful without a clear understanding of how business works. These 60 daily readings are crucial for any professiona Is this blue book more valuable than a business degree? Most people enter their professional careers not understanding how to grow a business. At times, this makes them feel lost, or worse, like a fraud pretending to know what they're doing. It's hard to be successful without a clear understanding of how business works. These 60 daily readings are crucial for any professional or business owner who wants to take their career to the next level. New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Donald Miller knows that business is more than just a good idea made profitable - it's a system of unspoken rules, rarely taught by MBA schools. If you are attempting to profitably grow your business or career, you need elite business knowledge--knowledge that creates tangible value. Even if you had the time, access, or money to attend a Top 20 business school, you would still be missing the practical knowledge that propels the best and brightest forward. However, there is another way to achieve this insider skill development, which can both drastically improve your career earnings and the satisfaction of achieving your goals. Donald Miller learned how to rise to the top using the principles he shares in this book. He wrote Business Made Simple to teach others what it takes to grow your career and create a company that is healthy and profitable. These short, daily entries and accompanying videos will add enormous value to your business and the organization you work for. In this sixty-day guide, readers will be introduced to the nine areas where truly successful leaders and their businesses excel: Character: What kind of person succeeds in business? Leadership: How do you unite a team around a mission? Personal Productivity: How can you get more done in less time? Messaging: Why aren't customers paying more attention? Marketing: How do I build a sales funnel? Business Strategy: How does a business really work? Execution: How can we get things done? Sales: How do I close more sales? Management: What does a good manager do? Business Made Simple is the must-have guide for anyone who feels lost or overwhelmed by the modern business climate, even if they attended business school. Learn what the most successful business leaders have known for years through the simple but effective secrets shared in these pages. Take things further: If you want to be worth more as a business professional, read each daily entry and follow along with the free videos that will be sent to you after you buy the book.


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Is this blue book more valuable than a business degree? Most people enter their professional careers not understanding how to grow a business. At times, this makes them feel lost, or worse, like a fraud pretending to know what they're doing. It's hard to be successful without a clear understanding of how business works. These 60 daily readings are crucial for any professiona Is this blue book more valuable than a business degree? Most people enter their professional careers not understanding how to grow a business. At times, this makes them feel lost, or worse, like a fraud pretending to know what they're doing. It's hard to be successful without a clear understanding of how business works. These 60 daily readings are crucial for any professional or business owner who wants to take their career to the next level. New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Donald Miller knows that business is more than just a good idea made profitable - it's a system of unspoken rules, rarely taught by MBA schools. If you are attempting to profitably grow your business or career, you need elite business knowledge--knowledge that creates tangible value. Even if you had the time, access, or money to attend a Top 20 business school, you would still be missing the practical knowledge that propels the best and brightest forward. However, there is another way to achieve this insider skill development, which can both drastically improve your career earnings and the satisfaction of achieving your goals. Donald Miller learned how to rise to the top using the principles he shares in this book. He wrote Business Made Simple to teach others what it takes to grow your career and create a company that is healthy and profitable. These short, daily entries and accompanying videos will add enormous value to your business and the organization you work for. In this sixty-day guide, readers will be introduced to the nine areas where truly successful leaders and their businesses excel: Character: What kind of person succeeds in business? Leadership: How do you unite a team around a mission? Personal Productivity: How can you get more done in less time? Messaging: Why aren't customers paying more attention? Marketing: How do I build a sales funnel? Business Strategy: How does a business really work? Execution: How can we get things done? Sales: How do I close more sales? Management: What does a good manager do? Business Made Simple is the must-have guide for anyone who feels lost or overwhelmed by the modern business climate, even if they attended business school. Learn what the most successful business leaders have known for years through the simple but effective secrets shared in these pages. Take things further: If you want to be worth more as a business professional, read each daily entry and follow along with the free videos that will be sent to you after you buy the book.

30 review for Business Made Simple: 60 Days to Master Leadership, Sales, Marketing, Execution, Management, Personal Productivity and More

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Overbeck

    Meh... I read the author’s previous book, “Building a Story Brand” and loved it. This book was more written for employees or early entrepreneurs. That’s why I give this book a low rating. I also didn’t appreciate the upselling tactics peppered throughout the chapters. “Send me a blank email and I’ll send you some more videos.” “Check out some more free resources on our website at...” Look, I paid for the damn book, why make me opt-in for content that could have been included with the book?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katie Jones

    There was a lot of good information in this book but it very much felt like a sales pitch into his online program.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mayar El Mahdy

    Lots of info, lots of plugs, and no connecting theme. I'm not inspired by it, but I guess it did have some useful insights about many things Lots of info, lots of plugs, and no connecting theme. I'm not inspired by it, but I guess it did have some useful insights about many things

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becky L Long

    Audiobook read by the author. There is bonus material included in the audio book that is worth getting the audio version even if you have the book. This book may look small but that's because Donald Miller has figured out how to put huge concepts into a concise package. There is a 60 day video course that goes with the book. I also started watching those. This is a book I will likely be revisiting several times this year. This book is for anyone that wants to be paid for more than their muscle. Audiobook read by the author. There is bonus material included in the audio book that is worth getting the audio version even if you have the book. This book may look small but that's because Donald Miller has figured out how to put huge concepts into a concise package. There is a 60 day video course that goes with the book. I also started watching those. This is a book I will likely be revisiting several times this year. This book is for anyone that wants to be paid for more than their muscle.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    The book covers all the basics to be a successful professional: personal productivity, communication, how to unite a team around a mission, messaging, marketing, sales, negotiation, and how a business really works (for example, do you know how your work or your department add to the company's profits). It is easy to absorb the information and practice the tips. It's a short book but expanded a bit because the main points are repeated several times (which is understandable for a presentation but The book covers all the basics to be a successful professional: personal productivity, communication, how to unite a team around a mission, messaging, marketing, sales, negotiation, and how a business really works (for example, do you know how your work or your department add to the company's profits). It is easy to absorb the information and practice the tips. It's a short book but expanded a bit because the main points are repeated several times (which is understandable for a presentation but unnecessary for a book when you can highlight points you're interested in and refer back to them).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary Niedermeyer

    A lot of this book felt common sense to me, although I realize that for many people it is not. It also felt like the entire book was written just to market his online courses. He talked about them so much, it made me never want to take one. There were a few helpful reminders and nuggets but I think I could have benefited by reading a book with more specific strategies and information.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robert Gilleland

    Big fan of this book. I pretend to know what I am talking about a lot at work but actually have no idea what I am doing half of the time. This book breaks down the ins and outs of business from sales to character simplifying how our free-market works together. Don writes in a matter-fact-easy-to-understand-doesn’t-take-himself-too-serious style that is refreshing. This book is a slow burn that made me excited to start my work day with a couple pages of new knowledge. It also comes with 60 free v Big fan of this book. I pretend to know what I am talking about a lot at work but actually have no idea what I am doing half of the time. This book breaks down the ins and outs of business from sales to character simplifying how our free-market works together. Don writes in a matter-fact-easy-to-understand-doesn’t-take-himself-too-serious style that is refreshing. This book is a slow burn that made me excited to start my work day with a couple pages of new knowledge. It also comes with 60 free videos that compliment the 60 short chapters. All in all, I will sing this books praises for anyone wanting to understand business.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark Hawk

    What They Don’t Teach You in School This book should be required reading for anyone in business, seeking an MBA, or heading into the exciting life of an entrepreneur. I learned more from this book than the dozens I’ve read on business development over the past ten years. Kudos to Donald Miller and his team for this practical and relevant guidebook showing me how to be the hero of my business journey!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Mae

    TL;DR: If you follow Donald Miller & his business closely - you don't need this book. If you haven't heard of Don or Business Made Simple/StoryBrand - you will get a lot from this book. I'm a huge fan of anything Donald Miller puts out there - from his early memoirs to everything he's done with StoryBrand and now Business Made Simple. BUT. If you're a fan of BMS/StoryBrand, this book is NOT for you. It's a great marketing tool - a very long lead generator - for BMS. If you listen to the podcast, be TL;DR: If you follow Donald Miller & his business closely - you don't need this book. If you haven't heard of Don or Business Made Simple/StoryBrand - you will get a lot from this book. I'm a huge fan of anything Donald Miller puts out there - from his early memoirs to everything he's done with StoryBrand and now Business Made Simple. BUT. If you're a fan of BMS/StoryBrand, this book is NOT for you. It's a great marketing tool - a very long lead generator - for BMS. If you listen to the podcast, been on their webinars, signed up for their daily emails, you will already have heard all of this content already (if not several times). It's GREAT content, don't get me wrong. Shallow, but good. Relateable, actionable. But it's not 60 days to master anything. I even signed up for access to the daily videos to go along with the daily reading and stopped watching after about 10 days when I realized the video is just a repeat of the same content as the book. Anywho - I continue to love the BMS team, brand, philosophy, podcast etc. I just didn't gain anything new from the book. A lot of great reminders, but nothing new.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Scott Wozniak

    Most books I see these days are one really good article stretched into a book by adding a lot of stories and fluff. This book is the opposite: every chapter of this book feels like reading an executive summary of a good book on that topic. So, it's not for the advanced learner on each topic. This book is for the person who is starting out or changing roles. He's very clear about the focus of this book. But it's so well written that even though I started out decades ago and teach this kind of stu Most books I see these days are one really good article stretched into a book by adding a lot of stories and fluff. This book is the opposite: every chapter of this book feels like reading an executive summary of a good book on that topic. So, it's not for the advanced learner on each topic. This book is for the person who is starting out or changing roles. He's very clear about the focus of this book. But it's so well written that even though I started out decades ago and teach this kind of stuff, I still enjoyed reading and picked up a couple of good nuggets that I'm talking about with my leadership team. Donald Miller has grown a ton as a strategist and business leader (I've followed him for decades now) and his maturity really shows in this book. If you're in business, totally worth reading.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Lovato

    Everything in this book is simple: Leadership, marketing, sales … even execution. Posted on January 30, 2021 by michellelovatosbookreviews, world's first book color commentator Thomas Nelson Publishers Everything in this book is simple: Leadership, marketing, sales … even execution. Execution? What kind of book is this, anyway? Oh ya. Execution in business. I wouldn’t admit it publicly, but there are more than a few bosses I’ve known that I wouldn’t mind seeing executed. Now that I ponder … execution Everything in this book is simple: Leadership, marketing, sales … even execution. Posted on January 30, 2021 by michellelovatosbookreviews, world's first book color commentator Thomas Nelson Publishers Everything in this book is simple: Leadership, marketing, sales … even execution. Execution? What kind of book is this, anyway? Oh ya. Execution in business. I wouldn’t admit it publicly, but there are more than a few bosses I’ve known that I wouldn’t mind seeing executed. Now that I ponder … execution in business is better than execution in anger or justice? Is executing businesspeople somehow less taboo? What about politicians? I know of a few politicians who would make good candidates. Ex husbands? Business Made Simple, by Donald Miller is without a doubt a lot more serious in the execution of its message, than I am in the execution of my thought life. This book highlights the importance of value-based professionals and their advantage in the workplace. Essentially, Miller says this book will help its readers accomplish more in less time, provide less stress, and more clarity in the workplace. Sounds pretty good to me. Less violent anyway. Miller presupposes that business people who present a core set of character traits proven to predict success will be the ones who actually win promotions, raises, and ultimately, conquer whatever business move is at hand. These people, Miller says, know the way business really works; can give clear and compelling leadership; are personally productive, and can clarify their message. These strong business leaders, he says, know how to build marketing campaigns, can sell, and are great communicators, negotiators, and managers. They also know how to run an execution system. Geeze. I’m intimidated already. As always, and in this book, it is the return on investment that proves key in the business ladder-climbing world. Return on investment in this case is in human skillsets and … shall I say it … the execution of that skillset in the workplace is imperative. Now that I understand that no murderous plots are behind the business of success, or at least I hope so, Business Made Simple seems to be a textbook example of “Mama Always Told Me” at work. And I’m betting that Business Made Simple will make “simple” into a business success. Everything in this book is simple: Leadership, marketing, sales … even execution. Execution? What kind of book is this, anyway? Oh ya. Execution in business. I wouldn’t admit it publically, but there are more than a few bosses I’ve known that I wouldn’t mind seeing executed. Now that I ponder … execution in business is better than execution in anger or justice? Is executing businesspeople somehow less taboo? What about politicians? I know of a few politicians who would make good candidates. Ex husbands? Business Made Simple, by Donald Miller is without a doubt a lot more serious in the execution of its message, than I am in the execution of my thought life. This book highlights the importance of value-based professionals and their advantage in the workplace. Essentially, Miller says this book will help its readers accomplish more in less time, provide less stress, and more clarity in the workplace. Sounds pretty good to me. Less violent anyway. Miller presupposes that business people who present a core set of character traits proven to predict success will be the ones who actually win promotions, raises, and ultimately, conquer whatever business move is at hand. These people, Miller says, know the way business really works; can give clear and compelling leadership; are personally productive, and can clarify their message. These strong business leaders, he says, know how to build marketing campaigns, can sell, and are great communicators, negotiators, and managers. They also know how to run an execution system. Geeze. I’m intimidated already. As always, and in this book, it is the return on investment that proves key in the business ladder-climbing world. Return on investment, in this case, is in human skillsets and … shall I say it … the execution of that skillset in the workplace is imperative Now that I understand that no murderous plots are behind the business of success, or at least I hope so, Business Made Simple seems to be a textbook example of “Mama Always Told Me” at work. And I’m betting that Business Made Simple will make “simple” into a business success. [email protected] [email protected] Happy are those who respect the Lord and obey him. You will enjoy what you work for, and you will be blessed with good things. Psalm 128: 1-2

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Wynne

    All aspects of a business explained REALLY well. Let's face it, a lot of business books claim to be actionable but this one really truly delivers. From writing your mission statement, to formulating sales presentations, to writing effective marketing messaging, to setting up sales funnels, to the execution of projects across many departments - it covers all bases. I read it on the beach on vacation in one day. Then I went back through it, taking notes for which sections I would implement once ba All aspects of a business explained REALLY well. Let's face it, a lot of business books claim to be actionable but this one really truly delivers. From writing your mission statement, to formulating sales presentations, to writing effective marketing messaging, to setting up sales funnels, to the execution of projects across many departments - it covers all bases. I read it on the beach on vacation in one day. Then I went back through it, taking notes for which sections I would implement once back at work running business, even working through many of the prompts at the end of each chapter section. (The fact that I felt compelled to do all of this "work" while on the beach on vacation says something!) I will be buying this for all of the employees in my business and will certainly require it for onboarding new ones. Donald Miller's passion for what he does really shines through. Money well spent on this one!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    As a marketing professional, I had read “Building a Story Brand” and “Marketing Made Simple.” I loved how those books took complex ideas and boiled them down to simple executable steps. “Business Made Simple” was no different. There are plenty of bonuses too: videos that cover each topic and then some (I used these for review at the end of each week), worksheets, and planner pages all come free as streams and downloads. I have put together a binder of all the resources this company offers, and I As a marketing professional, I had read “Building a Story Brand” and “Marketing Made Simple.” I loved how those books took complex ideas and boiled them down to simple executable steps. “Business Made Simple” was no different. There are plenty of bonuses too: videos that cover each topic and then some (I used these for review at the end of each week), worksheets, and planner pages all come free as streams and downloads. I have put together a binder of all the resources this company offers, and I’m amassing quite a knowledge base. This book has equipped me to be a more productive worker and better leader.

  14. 5 out of 5

    J.

    A must read for any professional (I am watching the free corresponding videos each day as well). Whether you are a business owner, new entrepreneur, or employee - Donald Miller distills down critical insights into actionable habits and practices. Miller's gift is boiling down complex ideas into simple business philosophy - but don't be fooled, these concepts have power to shift the way you work and do business - for the better. This book is also a primer for the author's Business Made Simple Uni A must read for any professional (I am watching the free corresponding videos each day as well). Whether you are a business owner, new entrepreneur, or employee - Donald Miller distills down critical insights into actionable habits and practices. Miller's gift is boiling down complex ideas into simple business philosophy - but don't be fooled, these concepts have power to shift the way you work and do business - for the better. This book is also a primer for the author's Business Made Simple University - which is an online learning platform for professionals and business owners. Get it!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tony Creech

    3.5 stars really - it’s a solid book with lots of stuff that if you’ve not read the source material is awesome to have in one place. I feel books like this would be so much more helpful if instead of occasional name drops on who created the business technique/model/practice they linked to the many excellent books this book had summarized It’s enunciated in a clean and useful fashion - not the best most gripping or intellectually satisfying way if you’re an avid business reader but a solid book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leanne

    Many thanks for the ARC version of this book. I might have a re read of the book as I wasn't quite in the right frame of mind and I wouldn't describe it as an easy read even though it's not that long. It might be the formatting of my version but it also works better as a handbook that I can dip into and utilise throughout my working year. Some aspects I felt had been mentioned already in other books so it wasn't really anything new. Many thanks for the ARC version of this book. I might have a re read of the book as I wasn't quite in the right frame of mind and I wouldn't describe it as an easy read even though it's not that long. It might be the formatting of my version but it also works better as a handbook that I can dip into and utilise throughout my working year. Some aspects I felt had been mentioned already in other books so it wasn't really anything new.

  17. 5 out of 5

    JJ Vancil

    Full transparency, I’ve become a StoryBrand/Business Made Simple junkie. I love the simplicity and practicality of everything Donald Miller does. And this book is no different. Whatever you are doing in whatever sector you are in and whatever role you have, this book will be helpful. It is broken into bite-sized daily entries and the content needs to be in the hands of everyone wanting to be a value-driven professional. I can’t say it any clearer than this: pick up this book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ed Barton

    Invaluable-Especially With the videos. If you’ve read one business book, you’ve read them all…until you’ve read this one. 60 weekdays worth of reading, with videos to support the process. I’ve been a CEO for most of the last 15 years and I’ve learned a ton by following the readings and videos of this book. I read Building A Story Brand, and believe this is Miller’s best work to date. A great resource.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Marcinkowski

    I enjoyed the variety of topics and concepts introduced and explored in this book. The video/reading per day is an interesting and effective method to allowing space for implementation of the material. However, this book was chosen as part of a business group book club discussion and some members of the group became tired of the slow pace. We modified the plan and finished the book way before many were completed the video series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kirk Hanley

    Donald Miller breaks down the basics of running a business, divided into 10 broad areas. He give specific actionable tips that make some of these overwhelming skills feel a bit more manageable. I had hoped there would be more here for freelancers and one-person businesses, but that may have been a misperception on my part.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Connor

    I loved the content and presentation of this book. I know how profoundly difficult it is to distill big ideas into concise, simple paragraphs. This book is much more of a “primer” than I first expected, because it’s arranged in a devotional format. But it’s a good starting place for anyone who wants the basics arranged in the easiest way possible.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gianluca Cominato

    This book is like an university book. I really like the structure and the themes. I studied 5 years management engineering so a lot of this concepts are not new to me but the way that are explained is really effective in my opinion. My favourite part is the metaphor to view the business like an airplane. I definitely recommend it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christina Springstead

    I am such a fan of small tangible tips that you can walk away with and execute, this book delivers that 60-fold. Whether it was good reminders or a whole new outlook I utilized the tips in this book to their fullest and will confidently says this book has already paid for itself and my membership several times over.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alex Vasai

    Indeed this should be the manual every entrepreneur should read before starting a business because most of the lessons include specific and applicable tips. I loved the fact that it was published during the pandemic so the content is fresh. In conclusion, the author covers quickly, without boring his readers, all the parts of an entrepreneur's body. Indeed this should be the manual every entrepreneur should read before starting a business because most of the lessons include specific and applicable tips. I loved the fact that it was published during the pandemic so the content is fresh. In conclusion, the author covers quickly, without boring his readers, all the parts of an entrepreneur's body.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Daunavan Buyer

    Great Practical Book This book was filled with s9me great tips and resources for people in business or those who work in areas of management within an organization. Great for small business owners and people who lead teams as well. I liked how each day was simplified and how all tools suggested were made available (for free) on the website.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Nix

    I was soooooo not impressed with this book! What rubbed me wrong the worst was the author's scarcity mindset business approach. "1. Start with the problem you or your company helps people overcome. 2. Agitate that problem to make it even worse. 3. Position yourself, your company or your product as the resolution to the problem." YIKES! That feels so manipulative to me and really turned me off. Not all business models are about looking for problems. Some are about helping people reach their aspir I was soooooo not impressed with this book! What rubbed me wrong the worst was the author's scarcity mindset business approach. "1. Start with the problem you or your company helps people overcome. 2. Agitate that problem to make it even worse. 3. Position yourself, your company or your product as the resolution to the problem." YIKES! That feels so manipulative to me and really turned me off. Not all business models are about looking for problems. Some are about helping people reach their aspirations with an abundance mindset. There is some good information in this book for the absolute beginner if you can get past the way it is presented.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alford Wayman

    Excellent Book On Business This book was amazing and a great resource for any worker employed but others or starting you own business. Love Donald Miller's use of the late Joseph Campbell and bringing power of the Myth and the Hero's journey to business. Excellent Book On Business This book was amazing and a great resource for any worker employed but others or starting you own business. Love Donald Miller's use of the late Joseph Campbell and bringing power of the Myth and the Hero's journey to business.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Matt Mccomas

    On one hand the simplicity of the tips and strategies are wonderful. On the other hand perhaps a bit too simplistic. 10 pages on sales, 10 pages on execution. I also love that leadership, character and personal productivity are included as being relevant to leading a business.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Holly Fisher

    Everything you need to know to grow a business. Practical, useful guidance to make you a better employee, manager or owner. Plus, there's a video series to accompany each of the 60 short daily entries. Everything you need to know to grow a business. Practical, useful guidance to make you a better employee, manager or owner. Plus, there's a video series to accompany each of the 60 short daily entries.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Phil Heiser

    Want to transform your business and your career as a professional? Read this book. Never before has a 60 day journey more clearly identified what is required to become a more valuable professional in the market.

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