Business Inspiration: Book Review

Business Book Review - get inspired by Diane Foreman's In the Arena
Book Review – get inspired by Diane Foreman’s In the Arena

If you’re someone who likes to learn as much as you can, grow from reading and loves a self help book with a business inspired focus then Diane Foreman’s memoir In the Arena is perfect for you.

A candid portrait of one of New Zealand’s most successful entrepreneurs, as well as a practical hands-on guide to what it takes to succeed in business.

In this candid and engaging book New Zealand businesswoman Diane Foreman tells how she went from being a single mother to creating a successful multi-million-dollar export company.
She openly shares her mistakes along with the lessons she’s learned on the road to creating a globally successful business empire.

Diane is a role model for business inspired people everywhere, who she encourages to ‘leave the ladder down’ so others can succeed more quickly. An invaluable guide for anyone looking to grow their business or even starting out with nothing, this is also a handbook for succeeding in life.

What we learnt:

  • Know your numbers – always know what’s going on in your business. Look at the numbers on a daily basis to make sure you’re tracking how you’d like.
  • Make sure you’re clothes are clean, ironed and well-fitting. As much as we don’t want to admit, people judge you in the first 10 seconds of seeing you.
  • “Hire slowly and fire fast”. If someone isn’t fitting into the team, the quicker your ask them to leave and better it is for you and the employee.
  • Help others females succeed in business. The underlying theme of the book is that women should help other women out and ‘leave the ladder down’.

We won’t give too much away but we definitely recommend that you find this book and give it a read. Buy here in New Zealand and here in Australia. Have you read the book? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.

Kitchen homeware featured in the our meeting pictures: Forte Mug Set in pink and the Hampton Linen Napkin Set in Natural.

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