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In a world where most businesses fail, The Art of Preventing Stupid offers a system for leaders to solve common business problems before they happen. Author Matthew Neill Davis introduces the Preventing Stupid Method to running a business, a method that guides readers in identifying, categorizing, and prioritizing threats to and weaknesses in their business. This book deta In a world where most businesses fail, The Art of Preventing Stupid offers a system for leaders to solve common business problems before they happen. Author Matthew Neill Davis introduces the Preventing Stupid Method to running a business, a method that guides readers in identifying, categorizing, and prioritizing threats to and weaknesses in their business. This book details how to efficiently prevent and manage potential and present problems and helps business owners and managers learn how to create leads for a more profitable business. You will learn how to seize opportunities rather than wallow in problems that should never have made it to the surface. Forward-thinking risk management This book delivers bold business strategy rooted in forward-thinking risk management. It is about changing how leaders think, so they can run their business with confidence, effectiveness, and profitability. It shows struggling entrepreneurs how to weed out the stupid mistakes they’re making, so they can move forward. For those already running a business, it offers next-level risk management strategies to make work easier, more profitable, and more secure. ​Advice from a lawyer In The Art of Preventing Stupid, you’ll get a lawyer’s perspective and insight and the value of a fractional general counsel for the cost of a single book. Matthew Neill Davis of Davis Law, PLLC, a firm that has three times made the Law Firm 500 for being among the fastest-growing law firms in the nation, will show you how to make smart, meaningful changes to successfully grow your organization. With his extensive litigation and business representation experience and expertise in building and running custom legal departments for businesses and nonprofits, he has dedicated himself to helping business owners make smart business decisions. 


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In a world where most businesses fail, The Art of Preventing Stupid offers a system for leaders to solve common business problems before they happen. Author Matthew Neill Davis introduces the Preventing Stupid Method to running a business, a method that guides readers in identifying, categorizing, and prioritizing threats to and weaknesses in their business. This book deta In a world where most businesses fail, The Art of Preventing Stupid offers a system for leaders to solve common business problems before they happen. Author Matthew Neill Davis introduces the Preventing Stupid Method to running a business, a method that guides readers in identifying, categorizing, and prioritizing threats to and weaknesses in their business. This book details how to efficiently prevent and manage potential and present problems and helps business owners and managers learn how to create leads for a more profitable business. You will learn how to seize opportunities rather than wallow in problems that should never have made it to the surface. Forward-thinking risk management This book delivers bold business strategy rooted in forward-thinking risk management. It is about changing how leaders think, so they can run their business with confidence, effectiveness, and profitability. It shows struggling entrepreneurs how to weed out the stupid mistakes they’re making, so they can move forward. For those already running a business, it offers next-level risk management strategies to make work easier, more profitable, and more secure. ​Advice from a lawyer In The Art of Preventing Stupid, you’ll get a lawyer’s perspective and insight and the value of a fractional general counsel for the cost of a single book. Matthew Neill Davis of Davis Law, PLLC, a firm that has three times made the Law Firm 500 for being among the fastest-growing law firms in the nation, will show you how to make smart, meaningful changes to successfully grow your organization. With his extensive litigation and business representation experience and expertise in building and running custom legal departments for businesses and nonprofits, he has dedicated himself to helping business owners make smart business decisions. 

30 review for The Art of Preventing Stupid: How to Build a Stronger Business Strategy through Better Risk Management

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cat C

    General but useful structure of thinking about business risks Coming from working in finance where risk is very quantitative (VaR, etc) this book was not quite what I thought but still an interesting framework. It breaks down into seven business areas and three ways things usually go wrong, as well as a four quadrant way to categorize risks. These structures are the core of the book and then are illustrated with general, hypothetical examples. It's a quick and easy read but I would have loved to s General but useful structure of thinking about business risks Coming from working in finance where risk is very quantitative (VaR, etc) this book was not quite what I thought but still an interesting framework. It breaks down into seven business areas and three ways things usually go wrong, as well as a four quadrant way to categorize risks. These structures are the core of the book and then are illustrated with general, hypothetical examples. It's a quick and easy read but I would have loved to see more stats and detailed case studies. It's also more aimed at small and medium businesses and their owners, which I am not. But if I were, this book seems to be a good taste of the approach to the services the author's legal firm provides and definitely works for me as almost a kind of advertisement. To sum up - this book will probably work best for small and medium size business owners who are looking for a way to think about potential issues, then will work through the specifics on their own once they've seen the different suggested categories. It's a high level view that applies across any business area and is completely qualitative, no math involved here. I received a copy in a Goodreads giveaway and it has not affected my review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marta

    This book is aimed at small business owners and provides a framework for identifying areas of risk as well as ways to prevent and prepare for those risks. I'm not a small business owner, but I found the information tremendously valuable and it gave me a new way to think about the running of my own business in the future. I recommend this to anyone who is an aspiring entrepreneur - it's easy to read with clear examples and not a long book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melinda M

    The Art of Preventing Stupid: How to Build a Stronger Business Strategy through Better Risk Management by Matthew Neill Davis is well written and easy to follow. I received a copy thru a Goodreads giveaway.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Moore

    A practical and accessible approach to risk management for small businesses.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gian Luca

    Different approach to evaluate a business toward avoiding expensive mistakes. Basically, there are Catastrophic, Ignorance and Stupid mistakes that you could avoid or be prepared.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Glo

  7. 5 out of 5

    Grace Lamparillo

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Duffy

  9. 5 out of 5

    Seema Rao

    Solid ~ Clear ~ Useful tl; dr: Don't be dumb or ignorant if you want a successful business. Davis is a solid communicate with scores of experience. He develops a plan to help people see their weaknesses and counteract them. The strength of this book, for me, is the clarity of the text. This is a business book for someone who is pretty busy running a business. No wasted text here. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Luong Trung

  11. 4 out of 5

    Narendrāditya Nalwa

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Hohler

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cheriecrosby

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Cheresnick

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennelle Henderson

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paul McDaniel

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maria V.

    The target audience of this book is business owners. As a seasoned attorney, the author approaches business problems as a good attorney would do when taking to a client: prevention is the key, checklists are your mantra, insurance is your best friend. I am attorney myself, so I found this book not really "informative" for me - I could see, however, how a business owner could benefit from reading it. The "Art of Preventing Stupid" really is about prevention of all foreseeable problems that can ar The target audience of this book is business owners. As a seasoned attorney, the author approaches business problems as a good attorney would do when taking to a client: prevention is the key, checklists are your mantra, insurance is your best friend. I am attorney myself, so I found this book not really "informative" for me - I could see, however, how a business owner could benefit from reading it. The "Art of Preventing Stupid" really is about prevention of all foreseeable problems that can arise in the business, and how not only to cure any symptom, but also any disease that is present in the business. I was honestly expecting something more, some of it was repetitive and I wish there were more practical examples and tips from the beginning. Out of 138 pages, probably this book could be re-written in only 50.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tabby Kat

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gela

  20. 4 out of 5

    Beth Long

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lavender

    Placeholder I won this book via Goodreads Giveaways.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Harder

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    Patrick W.

  24. 4 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Mya R

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marta

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    Monica

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ken

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