What if…my business advice

This summer for me will be memorable and not just because of the unprecedented hot weather we had! You see I had another cancer scare which involved numerous doctors and hospital visits, over several months and even included minor surgery. I am delighted to say that...

Marry or divorce the team

When you recruit a new employee into your team then effectively they become ‘engaged’ with your business and even in some ways to you at that point. Depending on how you recruit they may also have bought into your why and are enthused by and committed to your mission...

Conflict and why it happens in business

One of the most challenging aspects of running a business is that of leading and managing a team. But possibly the thing most business owners fear, in the arena of teams, is managing conflict. Avoiding the potential for conflict strengthens the need for clear and...

Staff your team

Throughout my working life one of the words, which is most often used by employers, that really irks me is the word staff. For the longest time I didn’t really understand why, then two things happened. Firstly I worked with a former accountant called Jonathan Holroyd,...

Mission statements

One of the fundamentals of business is to start with the ‘why’ your reason for being in business, or your mission statement.  You need to communicate this before you get into the how you fulfil your purpose, through the products and/or services that you offer. To help...

Start with why…

In business one of the most common phrases I hear is that employees and even clients don’t ‘get what we do’.  Clients can be unappreciative and employees never seem to give their all to their work. This is caused by many different things, but when I come across...

What are your employees not telling you?

As difficult as it might be to hear this… ….no matter how good a leader you are and no matter how committed your employees are… …there will be things that they are not telling you. How do I know? Quite simply from the work that I have been...

Happy New Year?

This morning I headed into my City Centre office space, which I use to keep me focused, and as it is a shared office I bumped into another tenant who I hadn’t seen this year yet. I wished her ‘Happy New Year’ and asked how things were for her, which...

All things new and exciting…

There has been so much happening for me, both personally and professionally, over the last couple of months that I wanted to share it with you. Professionally I have been working on two important projects, the first of which is my website. It all started when I met...