Category Archives: Thought

The problems with R as a single covid19 KPI

Posted on May 18, 2020

Roadmap of covid19 K{I

Like a good leader, Boris Johnson set out his covid19 KPI (key performance indicator) on May 10th of R. Since then there have been few updates on where England is on R. While there is some confusion of what R actually means. Indeed, mid-week the biggest media news item was the standard R of the […]

A Changing World of Expectations?

Posted on March 26, 2020

Empty roads from coronavirus

The world has changed with coronavirus in many different ways. Some changes will outlast the crisis; but others will soon be forgotten. What is clear is that the past week has thrown up some interesting issues around expectations. These are applicable to all businesses. Individual Expectations of Business Social distancing is as a benchmark of […]

7 Tips for Working from Home

Posted on March 18, 2020

Working from home tips

As the coronavirus crisis cranks up, self-isolation and working from home are the order of the day. To do this effectively requires some necessary adjustments. As someone who has been working from home on and off since technology made it possible in the mid 1990s and socially acceptable in the mid 2010’s, let me share […]

Everything Changes Except Individual Needs

Posted on February 11, 2020

A wake-up call on marketing

Sometimes we need a wake-up call as to how far the world has moved on while we weren’t watching. That call challenges our perception of reality. It’s our reality based upon our own experiences which guides our thoughts, choices and actions. My most recent wake-up call was the need to scrap my Polo after it […]

Brexit Killed My Job

Posted on January 31, 2020

Brexit killed my job today

After a 25-year career, as a result of Brexit, today I lost my job. A job that I was good at and acknowledged to be one of the best by individuals across Europe. In 1995, I wrote and won my first EU-funded bid for innovation. This linked training and small business through the web assisted […]

The Danger of Big Ideas

Posted on January 15, 2020

Think big and small to win

Think big ideas and act big is the well-known motivating cry for entrepreneurs. This was useful when most start-ups were small and thought small and incremental. At that time, they were held back by their aspirations. Now there is a very real danger that the big dream is just that because it doesn’t have even […]

Going for Grants?

Posted on November 26, 2019

Grant funding pots

For many organisations there are a range of grants they could apply for to support their activities. Yet many fail to apply. This is partly due to a lack of awareness of the specific grants available that might suit their needs. But more usually it’s because they don’t have the simple process in place to […]

Efficiency Blocker?

Posted on November 22, 2019

To do list blockers

One of the most effective tools for time management is the simple to do list. Particularly when the list is made daily and the sequence allocated best matches the need and time available. But even with the best of intentions, this sometimes fails or becomes blocked by an item. The longer that the item isn’t […]

Trust Me, I Disagree….

Posted on October 22, 2019

Trust is essential in business

We have all been in teams where we think that an agreement has been made to act in a certain way; but then someone thinks of a ‘clever’ way to wriggle out of it on a technicality. This usually happens at the key no-going-back point, which is then used as the justification because I had […]

How Fast? How Good?

Posted on June 25, 2019

Perception underpins business

The How Fast? How Good? project running in the Forest of Dean has got me thinking about how much of what I do in my business relates to perception. Marketing, innovation and coaching are all about perceptions. Business planning also has a healthy dose of perception about what the business actually is and what it […]