Sometimes it’s the simple insights that are the most powerful, and when it comes to managing a managing directors time, perhaps the most important. I therefore recommend we manage our time by looking at our activities through four key stages. Goal clarity The first phase is the importance of goal clarity; of being clear about your goals and priorities. This applies to you as a whole person; not just to your business world so consider your objectives in four key parts of your world: • … [Read more...] about Time Management for Entrepreneurs
It's that time of year again, where there is a lot of talk about Mastermind Groups. They appear to 'crop up' from nowhere, with more and more people offering the chance to join one its hard to know where to start! There was a recent post on one of the linkedin groups I follow about Masterminding, that got 1291 responses within the first 3 weeks and its still being responded to 4-5 times every hour! HOWEVER, Masterminding ISN'T to everyone! In fact, from my significant experience, both as … [Read more...] about Mastermind, What is it? and is it for me?
I write this with a certain degree of concern if not fear for British Business as we know it, as the amount of sabotage I am witnessing on a more and more frequent basis is become more alarming than concerning. I’m not referring to the dictionary definition of the word: “Sabotage is a deliberate action aimed at weakening a polity or corporation through subversion, obstruction, disruption, or destruction. In a workplace setting, sabotage is the conscious withdrawal of efficiency generally … [Read more...] about Sabotage is rife in UK Business
Whilst on holiday I enjoy people watching, observing their behaviors, habits and routines as they go about their daily lives, and most recently whilst sat outside a coffee shop in Southern France was fascinated by an old man sat on the next table playing chess against himself! I’ve heard many a dedicated chess player use this technique as a means of practice, however having not seen someone physically do it found myself compelled to watch intently as the game unfolded. What perhaps made … [Read more...] about Espresso Man Vs Glass of Water Guy!
How much does Thank you cost? We often drop a quick "Thanks" at the end of a sentence, but When did you last say "Thank you?" When did you last say "Thank you" and mean it? When did you last go out of your way, to demonstrate your thanks? My nan always taught me "Manners costs you nothing" but having been in business now for a number of years although I know what she meant I actually beg to differ! (Sorry nan) Earlier this week, I had applied, been accepted and traveled around an … [Read more...] about Sorry Nan, but your wrong
It was Bill Gates who is attributed as having said "Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning" yet so many business owners have lost the art of listening, and choose only to hear! However, there is a huge different between hearing feedback, testimonials and praise to the non to silent murmuring of disenchantment which if left unresolved leads to a breakdown in that all important relationship of trust bits taken so long to build. It is far more satisfying to surround … [Read more...] about Do you listen or are you simply hearing?