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…

The Secrets of how Exceptional Leaders Achieve Results

The Secrets of how Exceptional Leaders Achieve Results

Whether it is the breakdown of families, youth crime, poverty, social injustice, political discontent, religious intolerance, economic disarray, you can trace the problem ultimately to the lack of high-quality leadership in those entrusted with serving in those arenas of life. So, what are the precepts of successful leadership that you can embrace today which would ensure you become an even more effective leader? Or put another way, what are the secrets of truly exceptional leaders who have achieved phenomenal results that you can infuse within your own life to accelerate your leadership success? I’m glad you asked…I will share three principles…

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…

11 Players, 7 Painful Goals, 5 Powerful Lessons by 1 (not exceptional) Team

11 Players, 7 Painful Goals, 5 Powerful Lessons by 1 (not exceptional) Team

Unless you spent the last 12 hours either in the Outer Hebrides or in a coma, you would have seen or heard that Brazil, the current FIFA World Cup hosts, were utterly and clinically humiliated by a team that was so efficiently German. I watched the game in total disbelief as one after another goal piled into the Brazil net. After 92 minutes of torture as a fan of Brazilian football, I sad down and thought, ‘What can we learn from this?’ Here are 5 lessons from zee clinical Germans that the ‘fun-loving Brazil’ in all of us need to learn.  …

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,…