What’s wrong with being a Jack-of-All-Trades?

Focus Coaching: How tight should your niche be? The phrase “Jack of All Trades and Master of None” is frequently used in a pejorative sense, implying that being a “Jack” at something isn’t enough.  In the old craft guilds, a ‘Jack’ was the term used to describe a journeyman, someone who had completed their apprenticeship,…

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Why Focus is important (video)

Business Strategy Coaching You may have read my post on the importance of Focus – well here’s a video version 🙂

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Why I created Opportunity Matrix

People often ask what was behind the creation of Opportunity Matrix – this video helps explain why:

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Change, Complexity, Competition

Business Strategy Coaching I think it was Peter Drucker who said that the major challenges facing businesses today are accelerating change, increasing complexity and ever multiplying competition.  For me, those are all reasons to focus: Focus on one area so you can see the changes in your niche before others do, and create an offering…

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Wealth Dynamics: When is a shortcut not a shortcut?

When talking about Wealth Dynamics, Roger Hamilton points out that successful people follow radically different paths to wealth.  Bill Gates and Warren Buffett – for years the #1 and #2 richest men in the world – have completely different ways of being successful. Gates had all his eggs in one basket, relying on innovating within…

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Shortcut or direct route?

Life Purpose Like many of us, I’ve spent a fair chunk of the last few years looking for that elusive short-cut to wealth & success. In a conversation last week with one of my more enlightened clients, Malcolm Tullett, it came to me in a flash: if you’re taking a short-cut, by definition you’re off…

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“Action always starts with calculation”

These days we are constantly harangued with the need to take action, not to just sit around wishing for good things to come to our business, LoA-style.  But what about the need to plan, to analyse the opportunity, to truly understand how to get the most out of our best opportunities? I’m just reviewing a…

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FOCUS – Follow One Course Until Successful

Great acronym, eh? Or maybe it’s a recipe for disaster – certainly that’s what a lot of experienced business consultants tell me as I go around speaking on Focus. They remind me that Einstein said that it’s the definition of insanity to carry on doing the same thing, and expect a different result. And of…

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Attitudes are caught, not taught

Attitudes are not taught, they are picked up – caught – by the people around us observing what we actually do. So we have to make sure what we do is in line with what we teach.

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Square One – another great insight from Seth

Seth Godin has hit the nail on the head again – I do love his blog.   On this post today (http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2009/09/square-one-is-underrated.html) Seth points out that going back to square one may not be as bad as we think. From a Busy Fool perspective, when

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