It is recorded that it was Confucius (circa 551 – 479 BC) that was the first to state: “The man who said I can, and the man who said I can’t, shall undoubtedly both be right” And far more recently in the mid 1920’s when Henry Ford added to this by stating: “For the man who said I can, shall find a way. Whilst the man who said I can’t, already has a thousand excuses” So today, I want to help you by examining your Mental Attitude, to understand why it is so important and how to maximise your … [Read more...] about PMA: What’s your score?
Until earlier today, I never thought I'd use the phrase: Nobody wants a herd of unethical elephants! It all started in late 2017, when it came to my attention that a client was trading unethically! Now let me make it quite clear, he was not breaking any laws, in fact he was meticulous in knowing the law to ensure he never knowingly crossed the line. But, when a Judge makes comment: Whilst you may not have broken any law, you have broken every moral virtue. It's time to question your … [Read more...] about The elephant in the room
I’m reminded of a quote I heard in 2013 whilst attending an Entrepreneurs Conference at the NEC in Birmingham: “When you sell out for £50M, as the business owner it’s all your fault…….” There was a long pause whilst he allowed the 700+ audience to soak in exactly what he had just said “However, until you make that happen, if you end up closing up and working in Tesco’s (other supermarket chains are also available!) that’s your fault as well” The sway of the audience was palpable, as the … [Read more...] about Take one for the team
Cash Can't Catch Covid Controversial maybe, but true never the less! I want to start by statingI'm NOT unsympathetic to the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their lives, or significantly impacted by this worldwide pandemic. I was one of the first to voluntarily enter 'Lockdown' and whilst the restrictions have now been eased somewhat, remain very vigilant as to ANY physical interaction I have outside my family/work 'bubble'. However I am becoming less sympathetic to those who … [Read more...] about Cash can’t catch COVID
6 Steps to Successfully PIVOT your business I’m not sure many businesses had a significant, well thought through, tested contingency plan for a global pandemic? I’m reminded of the quote often attributed to Darwin (although actually originated ten years earlier from Megginson) “It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which … [Read more...] about 6 Steps to pivot your business
Ever since I updated my business card and LinkedIn profile to identify myself as a SCALE mentor, the question “Isn’t that just another word for business coach?” is asked with more and more frequency. So in this article, I’d like to demystify what is a SCALE mentor and how that differs from that of a business coach, leadership coach or executive coach etc Two of entrepreneurs’ favourite topics are growth and scaling in business. The words are thrown around a lot, but perhaps with little real … [Read more...] about What is a SCALE mentor?