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Do you worry that your business will collapse without your constant presence? Are you sacrificing your family, friendships, and freedom to keep your business alive? What if instead your business could run itself, freeing you to do what you love when you want, while it continues to grow and turn a profit? It's possible. And it's easier than you think. If you're like most ent Do you worry that your business will collapse without your constant presence? Are you sacrificing your family, friendships, and freedom to keep your business alive? What if instead your business could run itself, freeing you to do what you love when you want, while it continues to grow and turn a profit? It's possible. And it's easier than you think. If you're like most entrepreneurs, you started your business so you could be your own boss, make the money you deserve, and live life on your own terms. In reality, you're bogged down in the daily grind, constantly putting out fires, answering an endless stream of questions, and continually hunting for cash. Now, Mike Michalowicz, the author of Profit First and other small-business bestsellers, offers a straightforward step-by-step path out of this dilemma. In Clockwork, he draws on more than six years of research and real life examples to explain his simple approach to making your business ultra-efficient. Among other powerful strategies, you will discover how to: - Make your employees act like owners: Free yourself from micromanaging by using a simple technique to empower your people to make smart decisions without you. - Pinpoint your business's most important function: Unleash incredible efficiency by identifying and focusing everyone on the one function that is most crucial to your business. - Know what to fix next: Most entrepreneurs try to fix every inefficiency at once and end up fixing nothing. Use the weakest link in the chain method to find the one fix that will add the most value now. Whether you have a staff of one, one hundred, or somewhere in between, whether you're a new entrepreneur or have been overworked and overstressed for years, Clockwork is your path to finally making your business work for you.


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Do you worry that your business will collapse without your constant presence? Are you sacrificing your family, friendships, and freedom to keep your business alive? What if instead your business could run itself, freeing you to do what you love when you want, while it continues to grow and turn a profit? It's possible. And it's easier than you think. If you're like most ent Do you worry that your business will collapse without your constant presence? Are you sacrificing your family, friendships, and freedom to keep your business alive? What if instead your business could run itself, freeing you to do what you love when you want, while it continues to grow and turn a profit? It's possible. And it's easier than you think. If you're like most entrepreneurs, you started your business so you could be your own boss, make the money you deserve, and live life on your own terms. In reality, you're bogged down in the daily grind, constantly putting out fires, answering an endless stream of questions, and continually hunting for cash. Now, Mike Michalowicz, the author of Profit First and other small-business bestsellers, offers a straightforward step-by-step path out of this dilemma. In Clockwork, he draws on more than six years of research and real life examples to explain his simple approach to making your business ultra-efficient. Among other powerful strategies, you will discover how to: - Make your employees act like owners: Free yourself from micromanaging by using a simple technique to empower your people to make smart decisions without you. - Pinpoint your business's most important function: Unleash incredible efficiency by identifying and focusing everyone on the one function that is most crucial to your business. - Know what to fix next: Most entrepreneurs try to fix every inefficiency at once and end up fixing nothing. Use the weakest link in the chain method to find the one fix that will add the most value now. Whether you have a staff of one, one hundred, or somewhere in between, whether you're a new entrepreneur or have been overworked and overstressed for years, Clockwork is your path to finally making your business work for you.

30 review for Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Van Gemert

    Here is the entire book in one sentence: decide what the most important thing your business does/should be doing is and then find really good people to do it for you. 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 Co Here is the entire book in one sentence: decide what the most important thing your business does/should be doing is and then find really good people to do it for you. 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Mike has a way of conceptualizing business methods that make you wonder why you never thought of that. This book is no exception. Full of TONS of practical advice, but more importantly you will view your role as a business owner differently after reading this. I love Mike's method of writing where he shares case studies and shows you how to apply the new knowledge. This isn't a book that gets you pumped then dumps you out. This is one you want to read over and over and make everyone you know rea Mike has a way of conceptualizing business methods that make you wonder why you never thought of that. This book is no exception. Full of TONS of practical advice, but more importantly you will view your role as a business owner differently after reading this. I love Mike's method of writing where he shares case studies and shows you how to apply the new knowledge. This isn't a book that gets you pumped then dumps you out. This is one you want to read over and over and make everyone you know read too.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    As usual, Mike Michalowicz knocked it outta the park. He walks his talk too. Mike implements and lives the principles he writes about. Whether it’s Profit First or Pumpkin Plan or his newest book Clockwork. Parkinson’s Law applies not just to your bank account (ala Profit First) but also to your time. In Clockwork, the law is applied by restricting time. It’s all about selective efficiency, not mass productivity and not working yourself to death. The key first step to getting your business to op As usual, Mike Michalowicz knocked it outta the park. He walks his talk too. Mike implements and lives the principles he writes about. Whether it’s Profit First or Pumpkin Plan or his newest book Clockwork. Parkinson’s Law applies not just to your bank account (ala Profit First) but also to your time. In Clockwork, the law is applied by restricting time. It’s all about selective efficiency, not mass productivity and not working yourself to death. The key first step to getting your business to operate like Clockwork is to analyze your mix of Doing, Deciding, Delegating and Designing. How much time is spent in each category? Then identify the core function that is the biggest determinate of success aka the Queen Bee Role. Protect that role. Balance the team. Capture systems. For the business to truly run itself, the ideal 4D mix is 80% Doing, 2% Deciding, 8% Delegating and 10% Designing. Mike presents very practical ways to analyze the current percentages and then he moves you through the steps to get where you need to be. With his trademark humor and storytelling, Mike balances concrete and practical steps with down home examples of the principles in action. There are chapters on hiring, goals, finding your niche market, and keeping your eye on the metrics. He ends the book with a step by step call to action. Make the commitment to take a four week vacation. Implement the seven steps to make that possible. Shoot Mike an email with your intent to take that vacation. Don’t sit on the sidelines while others enjoy the fruits of their labors. You CAN design your business to run itself!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Daniele

    Loved it!! Finally a new business book that is not just 10% idea and 90% padding :) This book is no-nonsense and describes very actionable steps to grow your business into a machine that runs without your daily intervention. If your goal is to work ON the business, this book is totally for you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aarif Billah

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  6. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Lots of great systems and principles for small businesses. Boils down some complex organizational efficiency concepts into easily to digest and apply to nearly any business.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Langel

    For me, Mr. Michalowicz had a tall order to fill competing for my attention with The 4-Hour Work Week, which is like crack for the lifestyle entrepreneur. But Clockwork was a solid business book with a solid, marketable concept and design. All owners seek to run independently running operations. I know I do. I run a small law firm and relish the idea of stepping away to pursue bigger dreams. The author has definitely helped push that idea. The author has credibility because of his successful past For me, Mr. Michalowicz had a tall order to fill competing for my attention with The 4-Hour Work Week, which is like crack for the lifestyle entrepreneur. But Clockwork was a solid business book with a solid, marketable concept and design. All owners seek to run independently running operations. I know I do. I run a small law firm and relish the idea of stepping away to pursue bigger dreams. The author has definitely helped push that idea. The author has credibility because of his successful past in business, which is always nice. I like his 4D Mix (Doing, Deciding, Designing, and Delegating) to analyze business operations. He fortified the idea that if you delegate, you should NOT later make decisions about what you delegated. That defeats the purpose. But it's an easy trap into that trap. But based on this insight, this week I encouraged my employee to make important decisions by "empowering" her. It worked beautifully. Doing maintains a business; Designing elevates it. As I review my notes, I see that I made some breakthrough, strategic ideas to implement in my practice, which I appreciate. I am trying his suggested 4-week vacation in February 2019 but that will kick off with Grant Cardone's "Growth Con." in Miami, which is a business seminar on steroids. So even the "vacation" will morph into something wildly more valuable than would have otherwise occurred in that 30-day period. For that, I sincerely thank the author.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maxine Hargreaves

    I read Profit First by Mike last year and implementing the strategy has had a HUGE impact on the profitability and cash flow in my business. So much so, that tomorrow I'm heading off on a one week holiday to Italy, my first holiday in four years, and it's been funded by the profits from my business. When I heard that Mike had another book coming out, Clockwork, it was a no brainer to buy the book on audible and start listening. I also signed up for the Clockwork book club and worked through the b I read Profit First by Mike last year and implementing the strategy has had a HUGE impact on the profitability and cash flow in my business. So much so, that tomorrow I'm heading off on a one week holiday to Italy, my first holiday in four years, and it's been funded by the profits from my business. When I heard that Mike had another book coming out, Clockwork, it was a no brainer to buy the book on audible and start listening. I also signed up for the Clockwork book club and worked through the book last week with the facebook support. I'm 60% through so far, in terms of reading it, and I am so inspired by what Mike is sharing. I am sure that this is going to be another fabulous resource, that I tell everyone about, because I can see it having a further HUGE impact on running my business. So much so, that I'm even considering where I'll be going for my 4 week holiday in 2020. You'll have to read the book to see how that seed was sown in my mind. I highly recommend this book, and will be recommending to all my clients and friends.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susanna Lönnrot

    This book is really radical and mind-blowing. It introduces possibilities that you never thought would be possible as a small business owner and also gives a step-by-step process on getting there. The book promises that after putting into practice all the 7 steps of streamlining and automating your business operations it's possible to have a 4-week vacation without doing any of your businesses work. It's a fascinating idea that puts things in a different perspective. Also the book is full of pra This book is really radical and mind-blowing. It introduces possibilities that you never thought would be possible as a small business owner and also gives a step-by-step process on getting there. The book promises that after putting into practice all the 7 steps of streamlining and automating your business operations it's possible to have a 4-week vacation without doing any of your businesses work. It's a fascinating idea that puts things in a different perspective. Also the book is full of practical steps to make those radical goals possible, which really sets it apart from many business books. I highly recommend this book if you feel like your business takes all your time of that you need to do everything on your own. Or if you just want a way to get more focus on what's important.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Uģis Balmaks

    Read the book at the perfect time for the takeaways to be actionable. The book helped me (1) focus on the opportunity that has by far the highest potential for my business and (2) started delegating some of the responsibilities I've been unnecessarily hogging. That was huge for me. That said, the book leaves you with an impression that everything can and should be delegated (I'm sure the author hedges against this statement at some point in the book, but that is the general impression of the book Read the book at the perfect time for the takeaways to be actionable. The book helped me (1) focus on the opportunity that has by far the highest potential for my business and (2) started delegating some of the responsibilities I've been unnecessarily hogging. That was huge for me. That said, the book leaves you with an impression that everything can and should be delegated (I'm sure the author hedges against this statement at some point in the book, but that is the general impression of the book). Often enough in business, that's not true. Also, the book is way too long. The same idea could be conveyed much more effectively.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Becca Harris

    I am not a businesswoman, so that probably taints my opinion. There were a few really helpful principals (the 4D’s and the QBR) but the book started feeling repetitive to me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dillon Carter

    🚀 The Book in 3 Sentences 1. You're business is a collection of systems that need to be quantified and delegated 2. Every business has a QBR (The Queen Bee Role), which is the singular task you would base your future success on, and should be protected at all costs 3. A Clockwork Business—Free the business from dependency on you, and free yourself from dependency on the business. 🎨 Impressions Mike took the [The E-Myth Revisited](https://www.notion.so/The-E-Myth-Revi...) concept and made it more tact 🚀 The Book in 3 Sentences 1. You're business is a collection of systems that need to be quantified and delegated 2. Every business has a QBR (The Queen Bee Role), which is the singular task you would base your future success on, and should be protected at all costs 3. A Clockwork Business—Free the business from dependency on you, and free yourself from dependency on the business. 🎨 Impressions Mike took the [The E-Myth Revisited](https://www.notion.so/The-E-Myth-Revi...) concept and made it more tactile. Essentially, turning the E-Myth into a how-to guide. This book helps put things into perspective for a business owner; that your business is a collection of systems that can be delegated, and helps you to uncover what your QBR should be. How I Discovered It I've read Mike's previous books Profit First and The Pumpkin Plan, as well as interview him on my previous podcast "Wholesale Made Easy". Who Should Read It? Any business owner wanting to shift away from doing all of the day-to-day work and into the "design" phase of actually building a business. ☘️ How the Book Changed Me How my life / behaviour / thoughts / ideas have changed as a result of reading the book. - This book gave me clarity on how someone could more easily design a business to not only exist on its own but continue to grow without much input from the owner - Shifting from operator to owner is very difficult for many founders but Mike introduces 7 steps to make it so, which seem to be quite easy to approach ✍️ My Top 3 Quotes - "'Work harder' is the mantra of both the growing and the collapsing business." - "A business that runs like clockwork is about selective efficiency, not mass productivity." - "A Clockwork Business—Free the business from dependency on you, and free yourself from dependency on the business."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angela Lam

    I actually prefer Mike's other book, Profit First, which deals with money in business. This book deals with time, i.e. designing a business that can run without you. The book basically covers the ideal 4D mix (for the 4 sets of activities that entrepreneurs must undertake: Doing, Deciding, Delegating and Designing) and the 7 phases to help you get there: 1. Analyze Your 4D Mix 2. Define Your Organization’s Queen Bee Role 3. Defend and Support the Queen Bee Role 4. Record your Systems 5. Develop a Bal I actually prefer Mike's other book, Profit First, which deals with money in business. This book deals with time, i.e. designing a business that can run without you. The book basically covers the ideal 4D mix (for the 4 sets of activities that entrepreneurs must undertake: Doing, Deciding, Delegating and Designing) and the 7 phases to help you get there: 1. Analyze Your 4D Mix 2. Define Your Organization’s Queen Bee Role 3. Defend and Support the Queen Bee Role 4. Record your Systems 5. Develop a Balanced Team 6. Commit to your Ideal Customers 7. Monitor Your Business Some of my major takeaways from Clockwork include: (i) The idea of recording tasks as you complete them to create training videos (then assigning people to update and refine the processes) vs having rigorous SOPs (ii) The difference between Primary Role for each staff vs Queen Bee Role for the company (iii) Looking at congregation points instead of psychographics for ideal customers (iv) The 4D mix as a concept (I don't really buy into the ideal mix, as it obviously varies from role to role, and with the phase of your "Clockworkation" but the book doesn't really examine that in detail) It's a good book. But as a guidebook, Clockwork has quite a lot of gaps and some ambiguity/inconsistency. I personally prefer other books on business systems (e.g. Traction EOS and The 4 Disciplines of Execution) which are more comprehensive. Still, I believe in reading widely and then combining and synthesizing what works for you. So this is definitely worth a read. https://readingraphics.com/book-summa...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Julia

    I love to create and scale a business I love and help others. I am a huge fan of the 4 Hour Workweek & this book is a great alignment to that focus. I recently learned about Mike & Clockwork via their podcast & feature of BucketList Bombshells - Cassie & Shay & their business. I immediately dove into the freebies, completed them, and started listening to this book and applying it's principles. It is very in alignment with my path in numerous ways. In the last 5+ years, I have increasingly been a I love to create and scale a business I love and help others. I am a huge fan of the 4 Hour Workweek & this book is a great alignment to that focus. I recently learned about Mike & Clockwork via their podcast & feature of BucketList Bombshells - Cassie & Shay & their business. I immediately dove into the freebies, completed them, and started listening to this book and applying it's principles. It is very in alignment with my path in numerous ways. In the last 5+ years, I have increasingly been applying things learned in past industry & corporate roles with simplification, automation and delegation. This year alone, delegated 50+ items that are flowing increasingly flawlessly. If you desire to Automate & Scale - this book will help you immensely. I love the breakdown of the QBR role to help increase focus, the mixture of design, doing, delegation etc. Mike's style & approach is very action oriented. The freebies he mentions help incredibly like the RLC Dashboard. Within the first week of reading this book, the pace of which I have automated & delegated is increasing exponentially. The RLC Dashboard is a huge help (in his freebies & on his site!) This week, I transitioned from Meister Project Mgmt to ClickUp (which helps incredibly with all of this & created a dashboard as well. I have set automation & delegation of email for 3 trials already and a month unplugging in March - aligning to a year 21-22. If you desire a path of purpose, people & potential with freedom, grace and love- this is the book for you and your business - whether you are an entrepreneur or not - when you think like one everything changes. Highly recommend!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mike Nichols

    I really loved Mike's first book, Profit First. I found the advice in that book easy to understand and seemingly applicable to any size business. I felt like this book is definitely geared more toward businesses that have employees. I'm still currently the only employee of my business and I didn't gain a good understanding of the path to my first hire from this book There is plenty of practical, useful advice in here for business that have employees, are ready to hire, or have part-time contract I really loved Mike's first book, Profit First. I found the advice in that book easy to understand and seemingly applicable to any size business. I felt like this book is definitely geared more toward businesses that have employees. I'm still currently the only employee of my business and I didn't gain a good understanding of the path to my first hire from this book There is plenty of practical, useful advice in here for business that have employees, are ready to hire, or have part-time contractors they can delegate work to. I am considering ways I can hire part time help for small tasks that I would like to take off my plate, which I've already considered, I just don't feel like I can afford to pay someone to do that work yet. I feel like I still need baby steps at this point in my business. This book did help my understand that part of what is holding me back is that I still feel somewhat unsure about the type of work I'm doing. I have doubts about what I'm doing and therefore I'm reluctant to put significant effort into growing my business. If you love what your business does, and you're ready to grow, give this book a shot. Otherwise, if you're like me, start with Profit First, get your finances in order, then figure out what type of business you really want to focus on.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi-Jo Brighton

    I'm not dwelling on thoughts of wishing I had this book 10, 20 years ago and what a difference it would have made. The fact is I have it now and it is the game changer for me. This is not a surface level book with theory about how to create a business that runs without me so that maybe, if I figure out the actual steps beyond the theory, I have some chance of achieving that distance dream of entrepreneurial freedom of time, money with purpose which is why I choose to be in business for myself in I'm not dwelling on thoughts of wishing I had this book 10, 20 years ago and what a difference it would have made. The fact is I have it now and it is the game changer for me. This is not a surface level book with theory about how to create a business that runs without me so that maybe, if I figure out the actual steps beyond the theory, I have some chance of achieving that distance dream of entrepreneurial freedom of time, money with purpose which is why I choose to be in business for myself in the first place. Instead, Mike Micacholowicz has provided a clear road map for creating that dream NOW. The depth and breadth of research and trial that has gone into defining the actual steps to take is evident, which explains why this book didn't exist 10, 20 years ago. At the root, the golden ticket is organizational efficiency and I am guilty as any other business owner of believing I simply need to be more productive. I can clearly see now how productivity mindset is a vicious unending time suck trap. Already, I have implemented several practices and am discovering a saving grace to knowing what true delegation is as well as accomplishing more by giving myself less time and getting crystal clear on what matters in my actions and probably more importantly, what does not.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Zinn

    Wow! Just wow! I mean this book as well as the others by Mike that I have had the pleasure of reading/listening to in the last few days are complete game changers for me. I mean if I had read these books and applied what I learned from them a few years ago I would probably be the proud owner of at least one of the two businesses I started and subsequently either closed down or stepped down from due to Entrepreneurial burnout brought on by the entrepreneur poverty he spoke about. I had no time or Wow! Just wow! I mean this book as well as the others by Mike that I have had the pleasure of reading/listening to in the last few days are complete game changers for me. I mean if I had read these books and applied what I learned from them a few years ago I would probably be the proud owner of at least one of the two businesses I started and subsequently either closed down or stepped down from due to Entrepreneurial burnout brought on by the entrepreneur poverty he spoke about. I had no time or money and couldn't afford to keep working for myself because I had found myself in the Survival trap! I have recently been considering starting yet another venture having learned what I have from what I have read here I believe not only could I start something that will succeed but I can do so knowing that using these principles I can set myself up for success! *Yes I am copying and pasting this same review to more than one book. In time I will update them to be specific to each book but right now I wanted to ensure that the review was posted ASAP!*

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Blackman

    This is another how to business book for creating a business you own instead of one you run. If you run a small business I would imagine you would like most everything Mike Michalowicz puts out. I keep running into people who ask me, have you heard of So they are resonating. Clockwork is about creating a step by step path to putting your business on automatic so you can spend your time on growing it instead of running it. I would start with Profit First before this one, and shortly follow it wit This is another how to business book for creating a business you own instead of one you run. If you run a small business I would imagine you would like most everything Mike Michalowicz puts out. I keep running into people who ask me, have you heard of So they are resonating. Clockwork is about creating a step by step path to putting your business on automatic so you can spend your time on growing it instead of running it. I would start with Profit First before this one, and shortly follow it with Clockwork. I have put the profit first principles to work in my business which has given me a great piece of mind. Now I am working on applying the principles in this book. Ask me in 2021 how they worked out. It will be here before I know it. Thanks Motorbike Mike

  19. 5 out of 5

    John Hanson

    I will read anything that Mike writes even though sometimes the over the top humor drives me crazy. Why? Because his strategies actually work in real life. Nothing theoretical here. Put clockwork into practice and you will enjoy your business again. How many times have you heard the need to work on your business instead of in it? I love the way Mike puts it: Rather than doing things in your business you should be spending your time designing your business. That is a much clearer way of understan I will read anything that Mike writes even though sometimes the over the top humor drives me crazy. Why? Because his strategies actually work in real life. Nothing theoretical here. Put clockwork into practice and you will enjoy your business again. How many times have you heard the need to work on your business instead of in it? I love the way Mike puts it: Rather than doing things in your business you should be spending your time designing your business. That is a much clearer way of understanding the role of the owner/visionary role. Queen Bee Role will join Profit First and Pumpkin Plan as the clearest and most helpful illustrations ever used in any business book. And that is why I read everything that Mike writes.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dan Macias

    Another instant classic for entrepreneurs. Thanks Mike! I love your goal: ending with entrepreneurial poverty. It’s working with me. I’ve read and applied Profit First and the Pumpkin Plan. I started in April and you know what? It works. It’s impressive. Now Clockwork is another masterpiece. Full of humor and surprisingly simply and applicable steps, I’m ready to get my business to work like clockwork. I won’t reveal any of the steps, but I should say the philosophy behind the book is amazing: y Another instant classic for entrepreneurs. Thanks Mike! I love your goal: ending with entrepreneurial poverty. It’s working with me. I’ve read and applied Profit First and the Pumpkin Plan. I started in April and you know what? It works. It’s impressive. Now Clockwork is another masterpiece. Full of humor and surprisingly simply and applicable steps, I’m ready to get my business to work like clockwork. I won’t reveal any of the steps, but I should say the philosophy behind the book is amazing: you don’t have to kill yourself working to have a thriving business. You don’t have to put ALL of your time into your company to make it successful. If you’re doing that, you’re probably keeping your company from growing at a faster pace.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I've tried entrepreneur programs and other books without success. Most of those depended on me completely changing my personality. I'm just never going to be the spreadsheet loving, time blocking, super organized, methodical business owner. As much as I'd love to be that, it's just not me. That is why Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself has been a game changer for me. I am working through it and already have seen major progress. The steps and processes has been easily digestible. Major I've tried entrepreneur programs and other books without success. Most of those depended on me completely changing my personality. I'm just never going to be the spreadsheet loving, time blocking, super organized, methodical business owner. As much as I'd love to be that, it's just not me. That is why Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself has been a game changer for me. I am working through it and already have seen major progress. The steps and processes has been easily digestible. Major Bonus - this book is actually entertaining! Other business books that I have tried to get through are so boring I'd rather poke my eyes out than sit down and read them! So all in all, this is a wonderful book, great investment and terrific read!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lori Young

    I am absolutely loving this book! I learned about this book through Tina Forsyth, and I have been glued to the content since I started reading it. It is my goal and dream to build a business that runs itself and the concepts in this book are helping me do just that! There so many little gems in this book, but what I really love is Mike's writing style. His storytelling is masterful, and it draws you in immediately. Throughout this book, you can really tell how much Mike cares about helping peopl I am absolutely loving this book! I learned about this book through Tina Forsyth, and I have been glued to the content since I started reading it. It is my goal and dream to build a business that runs itself and the concepts in this book are helping me do just that! There so many little gems in this book, but what I really love is Mike's writing style. His storytelling is masterful, and it draws you in immediately. Throughout this book, you can really tell how much Mike cares about helping people. I highly recommend reading this book if you are ready to run an amazing business while you travel the world on vacation! :0)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Clockwork is a book about systemizing your business. The author walks you through identifying the most important thing in your business. The book pays special attention to the mindset side of things and not only explains what to do but also why. There are plenty of great gems and nuggets of wisdom throughout the pages. There is nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary here, but a lot of really good practical advice. The one criticism I have is that there are several short stories that are really Clockwork is a book about systemizing your business. The author walks you through identifying the most important thing in your business. The book pays special attention to the mindset side of things and not only explains what to do but also why. There are plenty of great gems and nuggets of wisdom throughout the pages. There is nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary here, but a lot of really good practical advice. The one criticism I have is that there are several short stories that are really superfluous and just take up unnecessary space. That aside, it's an entertaining read and was far better than I expected it to be. A must-read for entrepreneurs.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marcey Rader

    As a business owner of a company who specializes in productivity, I don't get a lot of takeaways from most productivity books out there. I keep reading them because I'm not so full of ego that I think I know all the answers or can't learn. This book had so many writer-downers, I signed up for a year-long coaching program with them! If you are a business owner with employees who needs processes in place so that the business doesn't solely depend on you, this is your book. It's not something I wou As a business owner of a company who specializes in productivity, I don't get a lot of takeaways from most productivity books out there. I keep reading them because I'm not so full of ego that I think I know all the answers or can't learn. This book had so many writer-downers, I signed up for a year-long coaching program with them! If you are a business owner with employees who needs processes in place so that the business doesn't solely depend on you, this is your book. It's not something I would recommend to solopreneurs or people who are content to stay small, but if you are looking to grow and be able to take a vacation while owning a business, this book is for you!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christina Springstead

    I enjoy Mikes books because they discuss some core principals and ideals for entrepreneurs but doesn’t take it to a ton of confusing jargon and verbiage that causes you to get lost. He also uses a real life references that I find I can resonate with. He finds simple, actionable steps that will provide tangible, valuable change and breaks the proceed down to be easy to follow. I enjoy sarcasim and humor so his writing style is one I enjoy ( I also enjoy his audio books). I think being able to lig I enjoy Mikes books because they discuss some core principals and ideals for entrepreneurs but doesn’t take it to a ton of confusing jargon and verbiage that causes you to get lost. He also uses a real life references that I find I can resonate with. He finds simple, actionable steps that will provide tangible, valuable change and breaks the proceed down to be easy to follow. I enjoy sarcasim and humor so his writing style is one I enjoy ( I also enjoy his audio books). I think being able to lighten the mood and have some humor while talking about things that can be humdrum and unexciting keeps my attention.

  26. 5 out of 5

    CherylAnn Crego

    I'm almost done with my third time reading this transformational book while implementing each of the steps. If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur, Clockwork is a must-read! Mike systematically breaks down adjusting a business to run like clockwork so that business owners can rediscover why they got into business in the first place. So many of us end up working ourselves into the ground. Thanks to this book, I will have a more profitable, more efficient, and more fun (again!) business I'm almost done with my third time reading this transformational book while implementing each of the steps. If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur, Clockwork is a must-read! Mike systematically breaks down adjusting a business to run like clockwork so that business owners can rediscover why they got into business in the first place. So many of us end up working ourselves into the ground. Thanks to this book, I will have a more profitable, more efficient, and more fun (again!) business, projected to be completely clockworked within 4 months.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rafi

    The suggestions the author makes aren’t wrong—they’re also not innovative. Essentially: get better results in business by focusing on one key deliverable and hire people to own tasks supporting it. The book doesn’t have any citations and several of the example stories have flawed logic, forced to apply to the points he’s making. If you’re a business owner with limited time and you’re only going to read one book, this could be helpful. If you’re looking for results of real research on what makes bu The suggestions the author makes aren’t wrong—they’re also not innovative. Essentially: get better results in business by focusing on one key deliverable and hire people to own tasks supporting it. The book doesn’t have any citations and several of the example stories have flawed logic, forced to apply to the points he’s making. If you’re a business owner with limited time and you’re only going to read one book, this could be helpful. If you’re looking for results of real research on what makes businesses run efficiently, look elsewhere.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cole Shiflet

    I really enjoyed Clockwork. This simple little book helped to reinforce what I knew I should have been doing. As someone who is a recovering micromanager, I felt really convicted by Michalowicz's words but, as I have begun to implement the practices in this book in the organizations I lead, I have seen growth. Michalowicz challenges readers not just to give up the "doing" but also the "delegating" and "deciding." The language in this book is super casual which keeps it interesting. If you're a s I really enjoyed Clockwork. This simple little book helped to reinforce what I knew I should have been doing. As someone who is a recovering micromanager, I felt really convicted by Michalowicz's words but, as I have begun to implement the practices in this book in the organizations I lead, I have seen growth. Michalowicz challenges readers not just to give up the "doing" but also the "delegating" and "deciding." The language in this book is super casual which keeps it interesting. If you're a senior leader in an organization and feel overwhelmed, I would encourage you to read this book. The practices in this book aren't ground-shattering or new but are helpful reminders of something you probably aren't doing.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bertantezcan

    Mike Michalowicz gives very practical and easy guidelines to run, scale and simplify small businesses. I benefited a lot from 'Profit First' last year. I have been reading many different business books from various popular authors on how to delegate and scale for a small business. They all had either general ideas or ideas specific to only one type of business. This is the only book that made sense for me on how and what to delegate, and upon reading I knew exactly what to do. Just point on, pric Mike Michalowicz gives very practical and easy guidelines to run, scale and simplify small businesses. I benefited a lot from 'Profit First' last year. I have been reading many different business books from various popular authors on how to delegate and scale for a small business. They all had either general ideas or ideas specific to only one type of business. This is the only book that made sense for me on how and what to delegate, and upon reading I knew exactly what to do. Just point on, priceless info. All small business owners should read Mike's books.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee

    This book is brilliant. I bought 12 copies so I can give them to my clients, and I'll keep buying them. Mike Michalowicz's mission is to eradicate entrepreneurial poverty, and this book is a great step for any business to take to design a business that thrives without the constant, exhausting intervention of its founder. Clockwork is so practical that you can implement these ideas straight from the page and see the benefits in your business almost immediately. I highly recommend it. This book is brilliant. I bought 12 copies so I can give them to my clients, and I'll keep buying them. Mike Michalowicz's mission is to eradicate entrepreneurial poverty, and this book is a great step for any business to take to design a business that thrives without the constant, exhausting intervention of its founder. Clockwork is so practical that you can implement these ideas straight from the page and see the benefits in your business almost immediately. I highly recommend it.

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