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Being #1

Comes with enormous responsibility. The failure, the success, or a somewhat tacky mix of both- whatever result that your team achieves, they say, is a direct result of your leadership. At one time I really hated to think that having a successful team was all up to me- after all people came around with their…

It’s those banks again!

Recently I was looking to open a business bank account for a new venture I’m looking to start- so I thought I would do the rounds with the banks to see what was on offer. I’m not going to name names here, but I was actually quite shocked at what I found. I went in…

Productivity versus the perils of working from home

When I am not blogging, I am writing or editing copy for clients. I have exactly eight hours in which to get this work done. That’s a fair amount of time, isn’t it? Well, four of those hours are between 8am and 12pm while my four-year-old is at nursery. (I have tried working while she…

Communication Breakdown

The art of articulation I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- being able to articulate what you do personally or in business is just about the most important skill you can develop. Sounds obvious huh? Well I am constantly being shocked just how bad people are at it. The age of the ‘Shrinking…

We’ve all got to do more to retain great people

We’ve all heard it before. Try and keep the best people, and surround yourself with people better than you. This is the secret of success, and apparently people like Branson are masters at it. However, many people have reported that small businesses suffer from ‘resource poverty’ when it comes to people management and business owners…

Together We’ll Level The Playing Field

Proud to be Micro Some of you know that I’m the co-founder of the Enterprise Rockers movement – a massive free-to-join-in, global, self help community to make life better and fairer for micro (0-9 employees) enterprise owners. We launched in January so we’re coming up to our first anniversary. The Enterprise Rockers movement is unlike…

‘Essence of Entrepreneurship Juice’ – anyone?

It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week and I’ve been busy speaking in all the major cities and on television. Not that I’m an Entrepreneur, hardly anyone that speaks on entrepreneurship is. I know as much as the next speaker, dress better, have been on television and I’ve written a best selling, funny book on enterprise. I also…

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…

If you want to stand out in front of your customers then you need to close the loop

Following on from my last post: What you think about your customers and how you serve them will define and drive what you receive from them, here’s another quote that I like to and from a topical source, given the upcoming US presidential elections. You may not know this but Ross Perot, a former US…

How do you keep your business fresh?

Be disruptive not desperate ‘I’ll do it’. That’s the response you get from Tony Robinson OBE’s answer-phone. It doesn’t surprise me that he’s desperate for work – he can’t do anything. As a literary agent, to yours truly, he’s been as successful as my goldfish. His long suffering wife, Eileen, tells me that he is…

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