“Do you have a schedule of regular meetings?” is the question that is most predictive of a business’s ability to perform and grow at a high and consistent level.
Read more … Do you have a pulse?
I often feel that we are looking for an instruction book, or a manual on how to run a business, better, more profitably or with less hassle, and heaven knows there are enough people who would write books and make presentations that would have us believe that such a thing exists.
Read more … Making Better Art
t has grown, developed and improved for thousands of years. It is responsible for every single advancement that mankind has made, from speech and writing to the printing press and the iPad; from the notion of fairness to the judicial system; from our ability to walk to Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car. It has led us to the deepest oceans and the highest mountains and even into outer space.
Read more … All This For Free? It’s Incredible!
If you want an example and you live anywhere in the North-East you only have to look at Bettys Tea Rooms.
At all of their locations customers will queue around the block on a weekend. There are plenty of other tearooms and eateries and almost all of them are cheaper but they don’t have queues. Even during the darkest days of the last few years Bettys was busy.
Read more … More Important Than Important
Last week I was in London and I was amazed by the amount of building and construction work that is going on.
The good news is that this is a sure sign that the economy is on the turn and that we are finally and thankfully starting to emerge from what has probably been the worst and deepest recession the world has ever seen.
Read more … Won’t Get Fooled Again
We are all perfect; perfectly designed to get the results that we get.
To me that statement is a fundamental belief, a philosophy if you like. In my world that does not mean that we deserve the results we get or that the results we get cannot be significantly improved; far from it.
Read more … We Are All Perfect
This refers to the concept popularised by Malcolm Gladwell in his bestselling book “Outliers”. Based on an original study by Anders Ericsson who found that it was spending significant hours in the course of “deliberate practice” that determined success, rather than innate or natural talent, Gladwell extolls the 10,000 hours rule.
Read more … 10,000 Hours Of Practice
Napoleon Hill wrote an extremely influential book called “Think and Grow Rich”. He argued that it is our thoughts that dictate our destiny and that by managing our thoughts we can manage our destiny.
Nancy Kline stated, “the quality of everything human beings do, everything- depends on the quality of the thinking we do first”
Read more … On Getting Stuck
If we were going to build a house, a bridge or a boat; if we were going to bake a cake, knit a jumper or plant a flowerbed we would follow a fairly obvious and well-understood methodology.
Read more … Start at the end
The second big danger associated with emerging from this deep dark recession is that we don’t learn the lessons it has been teaching us.
An article in Criticaleye said “The rules for creating a successful business haven’t changed since the crash of 2008, it’s just become a lot harder to get away with running a company badly.”
Read more … Danger There Is A Recovery Ahead Part 2