and other ramblings of a small business owner
Have you got a goal you would like to achieve and would like a methodology to guide you through the process of achieving it? If the answer is yes then this is the book for you. Make it Fly! describes itself as “The step-by-step guide to make any idea, project or goal to take off” and that is exactly what it is.
The method set out, a combination of Project Management and Personal Development, would apply equally well to personal or business goals. The examples given are predominantly personal, so on the whole I found it easier to imagine applying it in that context. However, it would definitely work in a business context. What I would say is that it’s really designed for an individual to work through – so if you work on your own it would be perfect for you, or if you work with others but are working on a project single-handed I can seeing it being good for you too. But I think I would struggle to use the techniqes if I was working on a joint business goal or project.
What I love about the book is that it really is a step-by-step process. Each short chapter ends with an exercise and action points to build on previous chapters. If you follow it through you will end up with a plan to follow with a system for reviewing it regularly.
As well as helping you create a plan to reach your goal, the author also covers overcoming obstacles and staying motivated. One of my problems is that I enjoy the planning process but can easily lose momentum once that’s done. The techniques in this book should help me keep on track.
The book is an easy read and crammed full of practical tips, so you can’t help but imagine ways of putting it into practice. In fact I only just managed to make myself read it through first without taking action. I’m writing this review whilst sat on the train to London – still 3 hours to go, so I’m going to go straight back to the beginning and start following it for real.
I’m the author of Make It Fly! and reading your review this morning really made my day.
I found your comment that the method may be hard to use on a joint business project really interesting particularly since my day job is actually to deliver change in business always working with a team. I guess this book was really about achieving a personal goal so that makes a lot of sense.
You may have just given me an idea for another book. Thanks!
Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the review.
I hope you do write another book – I’ll be very interested to read it if you do.
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