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4.0 out of 5 stars
The Negative Reviews are Based on a Misunderstanding - this book is ideal for its purpose, 16 Oct 2013
I wrote a review recently on Priestley's excellent Entrepreneur Revolution: How to Develop Your Entrepreneurial Mindset and Start a Business That Works
. I was going to leave it at that (life is short). However seeing the highly negative reviews that dominate the voting charts (odd as they are all the lowest three reviews) I felt some context and - more importantly helpful advice to potential buyers - would be in order. These negative reviews were from years back when Priestley only had one book out.
1) Which book is for you if you want to buy only one book by Priestley?
Let me tell you my experience of the books. When I read Entrepreneur Revolution I read masses of compelling content, turned many corners over , highlighted lots. It's a far chunkier book (about four times the thickness). When I read Key Person of Influence I did the same.
The key difference was reading EntRev I got to the end and thought "hmm better go back and read all my highlights - there was too much to recall". Whereas with KPI I had the main points of an action plan in my mind.
If you right now you are after lots of content - check out EntRev. If you want a simple, clear, powerful plan to focus your business efforts - KPI.
2) Lack of substance counter-argument
Folks have said this. I don't see it. Several times (until I got bored of doing it) I snapped a photo of a paragraph and emailed it to chums *as I knew that one paragraph, if they really got into it, was just the thing to remove their current roadblock*.
There is a fundamental issue here which I haven't seen mentioned. Namely the difference between information and transformation. Information you can measure by the kg/MB. Transformation is something different. One kiss can change your life. One grain of sand removed from your shoe can mean you can walk miles in comfort.
Furthermore if (as we all do these days) one takes the book not in "desert island isolation" but in an internet context - there are 145 (as of today) free KPI youtube videos - some of which over an hour long and are exactly the talks given at the KPI events.
3) Advertorial angle
There are three pages at the back which do push his programs. Maybe not the best idea - but who cares - you don't have to read every page in a book :-)
My complaint re the book is that the layout is sometimes a disaster (paperback version), whole sentences occasionally lack any spaces and there are a few typos on top. It really needs a new edition that corrects these. Hence deducting one star from an otherwise 5* book. However like an excellent bottle of wine with a messy label the wine inside is 5*.
In conclusion I hope I have provided help for your decision making process. If one thinks one is buying X and gets Y it's very frustrating. This book is the one for you if you need a "game play" ... you are running around the field and want a proven methodology for getting better results from the game. Exactly like a team on a pitch the strategy needs to be simple and clear. Simple is very very good in such circs.
As I am a passionate supporter of both books I should declare I don't make a cent out of them. However I do think they are both, in their own way, a hugely valuable contribution to thriving in 21stC business. The methodology in this book *clearly works* as judged by the large number of glowing testimonials from the KPI course.
In Part 1 of my recent youtube talk on "The World of Work Has Changed Forever" I flag up five authors as having something really important to say about the 21stC. Their books are:
2. Choose Yourself!
3. Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on It
4. Makers: The New Industrial Revolution
5. The End of Business As Usual: Rewire the Way You Work to Succeed in the Consumer Revolution
In terms of understanding the dark side of BigCo/corporatism I also recommend The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
However (as far as I know) none of the other authors offer a proven *methodology for creating entrepreneurs*. The only author I know who comes close does do in the solopreneur domain - Michael Port - Book Yourself Solid Illustrated: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even If You Hate Marketing and Selling
. Priestley has produced a machine in many countries around the world that "does what he says in the books" - and it works. If you are able to turn information into transformation then books like EntRev or KPI or Book Yourself Solid are for you and you need no more. If you can't - or rather if you think that being taught is an accelerator - then both Port and Priestley have courses and coaches for you. This fact tells you something about what it takes to achieve transformation as well as about how you too might create more value with what you already have.
Finally I am passionate about helping with the huge unemployment problem. Across Europe and the US alone there are 38million unemployed. In addition those in employement are in increasing numbers feeling like a component of a machine and finding themselves less and less in touch with themselves, their own voice and self-actualisation. This book, as witnessed by the KPI testimonials, is helping many of those to find their own power and passion and not just to live it but to make money from it.
*Anything* or *anyone* that helps either of these is doing noble work. This book helps both.
"The World of Work Has Changed Forever" - YouTube