The New Year Resolution I *should* have made

So, anyone like to hazard a guess as to why Horder is sat on a Bali beach enjoying a fresh pineapple juice – and sweating like a pig in long trousers and long sleeves while all around are stripped to the minimum and catching the rays?  And why the bottle that’s currently of most interest…

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Motivation or Inspiration?

I talk a lot about the difference between “away-from” and “towards” motivation (see this Motivation blog).  On the whole, motivation “away-from” something you don’t want is an excellent way to get yourself moving, to give yourself a kick in the pants when you are allowing things to drag a little, and it tends to fade…

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Probabilities & Priorities

One of the most common traits of entrepreneurs is that we have an abundance of ideas. We can generate more ideas in a few months than we could put into action in a lifetime. A shortage of ideas, even good ideas, usually isn’t a problem. What can be a problem is figuring out which ideas…

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Corporations: “Abattoirs of the human soul?”

In the TED Talk below, Nigel Marsh describes corporations as “abattoirs of the human soul”.  Do we have to accept a world where corporations are unable to accommodate the human needs of their major contributors (staff)? Much of Nigel’s advice makes a great deal of sense – and I’d love your input on how HR…

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Business or Hobby?

At an Entrepreneurs in London event yesterday, Warren Cass, the founder and CEO of Business Scene asked the audience – of entrepreneurs, note – who amongst them regarded themselves as a salesperson.  Far from everyone in the room raised their hand; I didn’t – partly out of shyness, and partly because I don’t think of…

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Busy Fool or Busy Cool?

When I talk to people about being a busy fool, they tend to fall into two camps: those who know that the secret of a successful business is to be busy, and those who don’t. But it’s not just any kind of busy – it’s busy doing things that generate income, that bring new customers,…

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Not in front of the children …

Relevant to job satisfaction? At first sight, this very funny advert (that never made it onto our TV screens) has very little to do with job satisfaction.  But actually, there is a serious lesson to be learned.  As business owners, managers or consultants, we are in a position of leadership, and – just like the…

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Are you using your Joyful Genius?

“There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.” Henry Ford No, that’s not me – but I DID do the fire-walk! What do you think of Ford’s comment – is anyone really using their Joyful Genius to the full?  Are you?  I still remember when the…

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Haranguing Gurus!

Fed up with people telling you how to have a life on purpose? There is only one person living your life – and that’s you.  So why do all these “guru’s” insist on telling you what’s wrong with it?  I mean, what do they know about you, they’ve never met you – yet they’re prepared…

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Customers are idiots!

One of the things I do is coaching for new consultants and other experts in their field, who are suppressing a burning desire to change the world with their work.  Many of my clients complain that one of their biggest frustrations is that their clients are just so stupid!  They complain that clients just don’t…

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