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Rhinos and roses
The BBC Sports Personality of the Year late last year was controversial for a number of reasons. Mainly linked to boxer Tyson Fury and his views on everything from women to homosexuality. The star-studded shortlist of 12 also included well known names such as Lewis Hamilton, Andy Murray and Lizzie Armitstead. Also in the running […]Read more
Lessons in Love
No, this blog is not about a Level 42 song (for those of an age that can remember), it’s about what Valentine’s Day can teach businesses. Let me start by saying that we don’t really do Valentine’s Day in our house, we find it all a bit too commercial, choosing instead to show our love 52 […]Read more
How many brilliant jerks do you know?
On a recent trip to the US, I visited Ground Zero, an area made iconic due to the events in September 2001. It is a breath-taking and tranquil place; an emotional reminder of how quickly things can change. We all know that change is the only constant, but with a robust business plan connecting strategy […]Read more
Are you planning to fail (in 2016)?
Starting your own business may seem like an easy option. You get to be the boss, decide what kind of work you do, the clients you work with, dictate your own hours and have holidays whenever you want. Or do you? Once you actually start to run a business you realise the reality is very […]Read more
Are you gambling with your business & risking it all?
Many people will tell you that deciding to run your own business is a gamble, and they’re absolutely right. So how do you know that your gamble is a clever one and one that will pay out in time? What pay out will it give if successful and when? Will you be a winner or […]Read more
Get out of your comfort zone – 100 storeys up
What’s the parallel between hanging off a skyscraper 1,100 feet in the air and running a business? It’s something I thought about while dangling over the Las Vegas strip recently off the edge of the tallest freestanding observation tower in the US – The Stratosphere. So, what made me do it? I wasn’t suspended in […]Read more
Who holds you accountable?
Did you ever play on Scalextric as a child? Maybe you play it with your kids or grandkids now. There’s a lot of skill involved, getting the cars to just the right speed so they don’t fly off the track. It’s fun, and it can take a lot of concentration. Here’s a picture of me after […]Read more
Building walls to protect your business
I recently visited the beautiful Medieval city of Tallinn in Estonia. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, contains lots of beautiful architecture (as you’d expect) and has some rather quirky claims to fame, such as being home to Skype and Europe’s longest-serving pharmacy (see my other blog on running a business for 600 years). The […]Read more
Happy Birthday Tendo! What we’ve learnt…
If Tendo had just started school… Tendo is five years old this month and I’m delighted we’ve reached this point. The reality is, over 50% of SME businesses do not reach this age. I’ve learned a lot since starting the business in 2010 and I am grateful for the many people I’ve encountered, built relationships […]Read more
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