Category Archives: Business practicalities

Think Plan and Act

Posted on September 14, 2021

Think Plan act

In business as in life, we need to think, plan and act in order to achieve more. As a Business Coach and action learning facilitator, I often see individuals struggling to complete the 3 necessary steps. It’s not enough to just think about a problem that you need to fix; you need to create a […]

Problems and the Power Within 2

Posted on July 13, 2021

Confrontation's third chair solution

Nobody likes confrontation. Actually, that’s not true, some people seem to seek out confrontations especially on social media. But generally, most people do not set out to create a confrontation in order to avoid the escalation; where feelings take over from logical thought and the slanging match or fight begins. Yet as a business solutions […]

Business Problem Definition

Posted on July 06, 2021

Business Problem Definition

Last week we looked at the need to first identify the business problem we wished to solve. This week it’s the next step of defining the problem clearly. Often people rush both these stages and are then surprised that the so-called solution does not have the desired effects. The Two Types of Business Problem The […]

What is the Problem?

Posted on June 28, 2021

What is the problem

For most people it seems that work and life are a whole series of problems. No sooner is one solved than another arises. Yet other people seem to spend too much time ‘solving’ something that isn’t a problem in the first place or come up with an excellent new solution for something that didn’t need […]

Problems and the Power Within Organisations 1

Posted on June 25, 2021

Brainstorming is a powerful tool

As a business coach and marketing strategist working with SMEs, I often work as a fresh pair of eyes on existing problems. Here through the simple act of discussion, the individual or group gains insight and solutions for the things that are worrying them. Sometimes it’s also the things that they are unaware of, which […]

Marketing Has Changed?

Posted on June 16, 2021

Marketing tools change

The pandemic has changed marketing is the reported conclusion from the latest spend figures from the UK’s Advertising Association. We’ll return to those figures later. But first let’s tackle the belief that marketing has changed. My first reaction was no shit Sherlock. Marketing tools are forever changing. That is the nature of the beast and […]

Who are you really?

Posted on May 22, 2021

Confused marketing messages

As we slowly emerge from lockdown, it’s a good time to reflect on basic questions of business. One of these is how effective is your marketing in projecting the real you of your business? In lockdown we have lost the personal feedback that we used to get that this kept on track. Virtual Meetings Kill […]

Impending Boom, Beware Cashflow Pain

Posted on May 11, 2021

Booming sales avoid cashflow crisis

As we emerge from lockdown, with consumer confidence buoyed by vaccinations, for businesses there is a lurking threat. This is not a question of leadership, but of basic business management namely cashflow. Sunny Future First here’s the good news. The Bank of England is projecting the fastest economic growth rate for 70 years at 7.25%. […]

Coaching is a Waste of Time

Posted on April 30, 2021

coaching is a waste of time or a springboard to success

Sometimes you read an article that you half agree with and half don’t. For me that was a piece on Forbes last year, headlined Why Most Business Coaching Is a Waste of Time. It seems that anyone can now be a business coach regardless of experience or training. Most then focus on the wrong things […]

Time Management is Now!

Posted on January 26, 2021

Time management for business

“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party” was not first used as some great rallying cry in times of trouble. It was a typing drill; when the business need was for pools of typists to communicate quickly in the early 1900’s. It’s also a great slogan […]