News

23
Apr

Fail fast

I know that I talk about success and I am in the business of success and of helping people be successful more often and more quickly but it would be naive and dishonest to pretend or even imply that failure didn’t exist. Failure is one of the best and most sure fire ways to learn.

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15
Apr

Technician or Entrepreneur? It is all about mindset.

People can go into business for all kinds of reasons, and when they do they usually take with them a specific technical skill or a set of technical skills. If you have ever watched my Famous Wiggly Line Theory I talk about someone who is a tiler, but those technical skills can be anything, a saleman, a lawyer, a solicitor, an accountant or a vet. However the technical skills that are needed to get a business underway are not the skills that are needed for that business to grow and to prosper. The moment a technician becomes a business owner he or she needs to become an expert in the business of business rather than simply an expert in what the business does.

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09
Apr

What Can Happen In 10 Years.

There has long been a saying in the business development world that goes “80% of businesses will fail within the first 5 years, of the 20% that remain 80% of them will fail within the next 5 years; therefore of every 100 businesses founded in 2005 only 4 will remain in 2015.” So if you have established a business that is still in existence after ten years Congratulations.

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02
Apr

Enabling Genius

Sir John Whitmore told a great story about two children who lived next door to each other. One winter’s morning they awoke to find the ground covered in snow, and as young boys would they both nagged their mother to let them go and play outside in the snow. Johnny’s mother made sure that Johnny was thoroughly wrapped up with gloves, hat scarf wellies and thick socks before she would let him out. Jimmy’s mother took a different approach. She said “of course you can go out and play if that is what you want Jimmy, but before you do is there anything that you need to think about?”

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26
Mar

It is your choice

Never underestimate the power that choice plays in our lives. Steven Covey once wrote that “Next to life itself, the power to choose is your greatest gift”. And so it is, perhaps. Wherever we are, whatever we are, we are there because it is the total of all of the choices that we have made so far. So choose well.

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19
Mar

Clarity is Power

These are the three words that are used most frequently in my coaching rooms. I am not sure where the phrase originally came from but it has wormed itself into the lexicon and mindset of me and every client I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

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12
Mar

When would now be a good time?

Procrastination is a great word and an amazing skill. It is one of those skills that we all seem to possess and are able to access at the drop of a hat. I looked the word up and Wikipedia defined it thus “Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time”

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05
Mar

Meeting Musts

I cannot see anyone running a successful business successfully without being able to hold successful meetings. If businesses are about a team of people working effectively and efficiently together meetings must be an integral part of that process, and yet for most of us our experience is that meetings are boring, ineffective and to be avoided at all costs.

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26
Feb

How Many Books Have You Read So Far This Year?

I was reading a blog I get regularly from Verne Harnish, author of ‘The Rockefeller Habits’ and now ‘Scaling Up’, both of which should be on your reading list. He made an interesting observation.

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19
Feb

What is your Brand Promise and why would you want one

Your Brand Promise represents what really matters to your customers and what keeps them returning year after year. It is a short way of saying what your business uniquely does that is of significant value to the customer.

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