News

18
Jan

Get Good at People

At its heart the real difference between poor, mediocre, good and great businesses are the people. Their talents, skills and abilities at an individual level and how they organise themselves to effectively work together at a combined level.

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11
Jan

The Entrepreneur’s Dream

“I am going to find a business where I don’t really have to deal with customers or employees. And it will be a business where I really don’t have to work a lot, but it makes me a lot of money”. So runs the daydream of the entrepreneur. The entrepreneur who is caught in the trap.

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04
Jan

Discipline

The final chapter of a book that I have just finished was called ‘Discipline equals Freedom’ and subtitled The Dichotomy of Leadership. The concept resonated with me. As a Gazelles International Coach, we have a mantra that says ‘Routine will set you free’. You can see the link.

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21
Dec

Where to next?

I hope you have had a wonderfully successful 2017. I hope you have managed to perform at your brilliant best, to have soared in your life and your craft; to have been the best version of yourself yet.

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14
Dec

Stagnant

As you review the recent history of your firm, your life and your career how applicable is the word stagnant? The opposite would be fast flowing, fast moving, growing. Which best describes your situation?

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07
Dec

Complex Skills

We are all capable of learning complex skills. The fact that you are reading this is proof of that statement. When you were very small it was probably inconceivable that such a thing would be possible but you have mastered that specific skill, and many others.

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30
Nov

Precise Thinking, Business Discipline

Two of the most important requirements for business success are precise thinking and business discipline and yet these are two of the most elusive commodities and ironically probably the two areas which we are least capable of judging and managing ourselves.

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23
Nov

It’s that time of year, again.

We are about to enter the final month of the year and before we do perhaps you would benefit from taking a little time to reflect on the year about to draw to a close. Have you done the things that you wanted to do? Have you accomplished the things that you set out to accomplish? Have you ended the year in a better place than you started the year? Only you can make that judgement, nobody else. And when you are thinking about it perhaps you can consider the same questions in respect of your family, your business and your general well-being.

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16
Nov

Make It Easy

It is the 21st Century. The one thing that unites all customers is that they want it easy. It has probably always been this way but the arrival of the internet and the development of disruptive technologies has exaggerated the trend and made the gulf between those who make it easier for the customer and those that don’t ever more annoying and even more noticeable.

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09
Nov

Safety in Numbers

I met up with a very well known and successful entrepreneur a while ago. I was surprised that his opening words were, “the trouble with most businesses Ian is that they don’t know their numbers”. After I had gotten over the initial surprise that those should have been his opening words and when I had time to reflect on them I realised how true his comment was.

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