No Weddings, 2 Funerals, 1 Day & a whole heap of Messages (Most people think #8 is ‘the thing’…)

No Weddings, 2 Funerals, 1 Day & a whole heap of Messages (Most people think #8 is ‘the thing’…)

I spent my 46th birthday at my elderly uncle’s funeral. I know to some that sounds really morbid. My son Reuben was completely aghast at the thought. If that wasn’t bad enough, I spent the day after my birthday at another funeral, this time of a friend who died at the relatively young age of 50. As you can imagine, being at a funeral is always a great time for reflection. Even more so, when it’s also your birthday. I deliberately didn’t respond to the hundreds of messages I got via Facebook (1 friend told me off because she couldn’t…

8 Essentials for Startups (#8 is usually an afterthought…but so essential)

8 Essentials for Startups (#8 is usually an afterthought…but so essential)

So here we are in 2017. Didn’t the last year go quickly. It just seems like the year started a few months ago and now it’s gone. However, while 2016 is gone, the desire to start that new venture  is still there. In fact, it’s the  same desire that’s been lurking at the back of your mind for the last few years. So what are the 8 essentials that you need to start up that business or organization you’ve been talking about.   Essential #1 – S is for Solve a Problem Every great start-up organization or business is built on a purpose. A…

Forget New Year’s resolutions, it’s all about #reruns

Forget New Year’s resolutions, it’s all about #reruns

Like most people I spent the Christmas and New Year break watching too much TV, eating too much food and generally not doing too much. I really downed tools and there was a point at which I had to be encouraged to get out of my pyjamas and dressing gown, after spending too much time in them! One of the things that we really got into was watching reruns of classic British film and TV comedy. You simply can’t beat Only Fools & Horses and Morecambe & Wise. Yes, we had access to huge amounts of new films and TV shows…

8+8+8

8+8+8

Everyone has 24hrs every day. That includes you, your boss, the slothlike guy in your team, and your nemesis, the charismatic achieving machine. 8 hours for sleep… 8 hours for work… 8 hours for ??? Even before Branson, Lord Sugar, Oprah, Musk, Zuckerberg, Arianna and Sandberg made their millions (or billions) – they had 24hr days just like me & you. They still do. I hate to break it to you but you do not get the ass you want by sitting on it. If you want more, then you will have to do more & be more than who you are being…

Facebook’s 7 Success Factors?

Facebook’s 7 Success Factors?

In October 2003, Mark Zuckerberg and some of his Harvard colleagues Andrew McCollum, Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz released this thing called Facemash. It was really their way of injecting a little bit of joyous humour on one of the world’s elite universities by allow people to compare the pictures of two students side by side and voting who was ‘hot or not’. To create the site the they used images from Harvard’s servers. Not surprisingly, Harvard executives didn’t react kindly to this and moved swiftly to quash the new venture. By the beginning of 2004, Mark had begun building a new…

You’re never too old to Dream BIG!

You’re never too old to Dream BIG!

A recent Facebook post about my morning ritual earned me the title of ‘old man’! My friend had no problems with the reading, reflection and prayer that I did nor with the cardiovascular or muscular exercises. She had an issue with my lemon tea and cornmeal porridge. Of course, it was all tongue in cheek but on reflection I can see how she may have come to that conclusion. Today, the pressure is on for us to be young or at least to look it. And with our kids referring to us as old the minute we transition into our…

Love it. Live it. Lead by it!

Love it. Live it. Lead by it!

When most people think of the consummate entrepreneur, the first name that springs to mind is…. Sir Richard Branson. ‘What is it about Sir Richard that epitomizes entrepreneurship?’ The answer, I believe, boils down to 3 things:   1. He Loves it! Sir Richard clearly loves what he does. For him Virgin is not just a business and Virgin being customer champion is not just a corporate gimmick. He is passionate about providing a better deal for consumers. And as British Airways found out to their cost, he doesn’t give up easily, even when facing seemingly insurmountable odds. In his own words, ‘Don’t think what’s…

Plugging into Purpose, Passion & Priorities

Plugging into Purpose, Passion & Priorities

It’s happened to you hasn’t it?   You’re in the middle of that really important call or even worse you are about to break your own high score on Candy Crush and you hear that familiar tinny sound which causes you to look at the top left hand corner of the screen, where your eyes are drawn to the  familiar red flashing icon at the top right corner of the screen. ‘I am sure I can finish before the battery dies’, you say to yourself. As you try to focus, the sound and the flashing gets more frequent. It’s almost…

3 Ways to Achieve Phenomenal Results

3 Ways to Achieve Phenomenal Results

The trip, organized by Habitat for Humanity was to build homes for the underprivileged in Romania. Our home for 4 days was Beius, a historic town in the north west of Romania with a population of about 13,000 people. We touched down in Romania full of anticipation and, if truth be told, a little apprehension as we tried to figure out the task ahead. Yes, we had all been briefed but hearing about the task and being there in the thick of things was an entirely different matter! After a long journey across the border from Budapest in Hungary to Beius,…