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ACT on Your Business is written to help entrepreneurs understand their values and live them out. Lee takes the six core concepts of ACT and modifies them for business. Readers learn about the traps they get stuck in, what healthier approaches look like, and work through exercises to help them implement what they are learning.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lee Chaix McDonough is an LCSW and coach who specializes in helping business owners find success. She served military families before founding Caravel Coaching in 2016. You can find out more about her here. Make sure you’re also following her on Facebook and Instagram.
WHAT WE LOVE:
I loved the way that Lee applied her therapy skills to entrepreneurship. She identifies many of the traps that business owners, or potential business owners get stuck in, then helps readers work through them using ACT. This can be especially important for therapists who often struggle with the management side of private practice.
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Lee takes the six core concepts of ACT and modifies them for business people. She explains each in a way that readers can understand and implement into their own lives. Her insights and exercises are logical and efficient enough to appeal to time strapped business owners.
WHAT WE DIDN’T:
I’m not an ACT practitioner so that probably influences this but I thought the book was a bit jargon heavy. The key words used to describe concepts were overused. I think that way of speaking is more common for therapists with more of a CBT or ACT orientation so it may feel natural to others.
This book is perfect for anyone getting ready to start a private practice or for those who feel stuck in their business. It doesn’t teach the practical skills, like marketing or accounting, but it helps you understand what you want out of your practice and create a path towards that.
Many therapists enjoy recommending books to their clients to supplement the work they are doing together. We also use books to help ourselves grow as people and practitioners. Remember though that books are never a replacement for real human connection or for therapy when it’s needed. If you find yourself needing a therapist, a great place to start is Psychology Today. If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.