Category Business Mentoring

A Lesson From Beckham

A Lesson From Beckham

On the day that David Beckham announced that he will be retiring from professional football, I felt compelled to put aside the theme I’d been planning and write this piece instead. My mum’s side of the family is from Salford, the Red part of Manchester, and my Grandad Sykes always brought me up on United,…

What is Personal Effectiveness?

For most of my professional life I have been employed, by both large and small organisations, and in between these periods I have set up and run a number of small businesses. Running parallel to the actual demands of the roles I performed was an interest in understanding and identifying the patterns of behaviour that…

Is it a good idea to get a coach or mentor?

Do keep up. I’m sorry it has been a couple of weeks since my last effervescent erudition. I thought it best to go into hiding for a little while – two reasons. Firstly, ever since I was papped topless whilst reading ’50 shades of” I’ve been stalked by a sweat of billionaire businessmen (not sure…

Sitting on the fence

When contemplating change people can often sit on the fence for quite some time. They may live in a world that is not black and white, but shades of grey and highly ambivalent. At times high or low levels of ambivalence may be useful in some situations, it is not always High ambivalence: PEOPLE WHO…

If You Want Your Business To Fail ….

Don’t focus on your business goals Do your own, at best, mediocre website Don’t find other business owners who could help you Don’t look after your cash-flow Be late with your tax returns Ignore your customers Ignore your team Follow every distraction and every rabbit hole Don’t business bootstrap your business Don’t sell online

Live – Don’t Just Survive

I like boating, when you let go of the last line to shore, you are on your own. You have to rely on your own skills to survive, you have to be self-reliant. Small steps first, a sail around the little lake, a sail along the coast, across the Channel to France, into the Med,…

Business Opportunities

Often life happens and you think it is going to be a problem, but if have a closer look all these following circumstances hide business opportunities: a business contact accepts a new job with a new company an employee starts his/her own business a supplier discontinues a product line a competitor launches a new product…

Stuff the Dinosaurs

Keep up won’t you – most websites that promote ‘how to successfully start and run your own business’ are sponsored by big companies and government bodies and written by people that are in jobs and have never started their own business. The advice is so yesterday. It is stuff from antiquity that belongs in a…

Getting into bed with the celebs

Not about frocks Keep up won’t you; I’m not asking you to actually sleep with the celebs. I don’t allow anyone to sleep with me. Simon Cowell’s unofficial biography mentioned Dannii Minogue but not me. Yet, coincidentally, I also have a chic shorter ‘do and a couple of designer frocks with an of-the-moment statement shoulder.…

Who can you trust to help you and your biz?

Who can you trust to help you to survive and thrive? There is a better way of getting help than from Government and Big Company funded start up and micro business support programmes. That’s not to say we don’t want their help and a lot of these free offers of help are good and needed.…

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