Whose Priorities?

In his seminal book on effectiveness, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People“, Dr Steven Covey makes a clear distinction between what is urgent and what is important.  Covey outlines a 4-box matrix (that old consultants’ favourite!) with Urgent on one axis, and Importance on the other (see the image). Most people who are feeling…

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How to be free

Surely we need money to survive in the modern world, don’t we?  So doesn’t independence come from having enough money so you don’t have to rely on anyone else? Nope – that’s got it backwards.  Having enough to not need to rely on anyone else comes from being independent.  When you are independent, you don’t…

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Are you in business, or just busy?

Seeing this image posted on Facebook (hat-tip to Funders & Founders) got me thinking about how many so-called entrepreneurs are really just busy fools.  If the sentiments and emotions expressed in this cartoon look all too familiar to you, the chances are you’re not an entrepreneur at all.  In fact, the chances are you’re not…

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The people make the difference

I was traveling recently […] Twice on my journey I had cause to complain about something, and twice the way it was handled by the front-line staff made a massive difference to my overall satisfaction.

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