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Getting it together for better business


Published: Aug 07, 2013

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After a while, personal development books all tend to look and sound the same, but when the cover shouts ‘GET YOUR SH!T TOGETHER’ I couldn’t help but take notice.

Although this book is firmly targeted at women, many of the lessons hold true to all our professional lives, regardless of gender, and with liberal use of colorful language it’s an entertaining read, with some great transferrable ideas to enhance your business performance.

The author, Ruth Field, is a former criminal barrister based in the UK and ‘Get Your Sh!t Together‘ follows her equally attention grabbing book, ‘Run Fat Bitch Run’ that has sold over 55,000 copies – so she must be doing something right.

Basically, Field offers a prescription for a simpler life so you can cope better with all ‘the crappy stuff in life grinding you down’.  Or in other words, the ability to do the stuff that has to get done in the most effective and efficient manner.

Some of the key lessons that any individual or business would do well to adopt include:

• Effectively use your resources when faced by a potentially overwhelming task by breaking it down into bite-sized chunks.

• Identify an hour every day in which to tackle the most difficult tasks.

• Improve your time management by dealing with procrastination and avoid putting action off until later, as we are all adept at identifying excuses to avoid a task.

• Know your strengths and weaknesses and never think “I’m too tired” to do anything as tiredness is a self-fulfilling prophecy that can result in doing nothing.

• Don’t blame others and take control with an injection of confidence by telling yourself that no one knows what they are doing.

Although readers will be familiar with much of the above, the underlying message that you should accept, that things will never be perfect - and perfection is overrated anyway – is worth reinforcing.

But my favorite tip is that we should channel all our negative energy (anger, frustration and fear etc.) into positive action and convert all that rage into ‘get sh!t-done adrenalin.’

So ladies (and gentlemen) if you want an entertaining and productive read, rather than being bogged down in management speak and motivational theory – then Get Your Sh!t Together.


• ‘Get Your Sh!t Together’ by Ruth Field and published by Sphere. Keith Appleton JP, BA (Hons), N.Dip.M, MInstLM has extensive experience within an academic, managerial and strategic leadership role.  He is a member of the UK Institute of Leadership & Management and can be contacted at KeithAppleton@Hotmail.co.uk or follow him at twitter.com/WritingRightNow.



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