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What All Strugglers Need To Know…

What All Strugglers Need To Know…

I work with Strugglers. I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve it but looking back, I can’t avoid the conclusion. And I’m not complaining – it seems to come naturally and I enjoy it. Now the Strugglers don’t enjoy it all. I’m...
Why a Focus on Financials leads to Failure…

Why a Focus on Financials leads to Failure…

Why a Focus on Financials leads to Failure… I’d like to hear what people think about this proposition – I’m aware it flies in the face of everything we’re told, but experience of running my businesses and advising others suggests that...
1 Reason Why Your Business Won’t Grow

1 Reason Why Your Business Won’t Grow

As a business coach, I’ve been lucky enough to talk to many business owners and managers over the past few years and the conversation often centres around growth, or the lack of it. Of course there are those businesses that don’t want to grow – and...
Chief Exec: Stop Being a Super Hero

Chief Exec: Stop Being a Super Hero

I know you’re the boss and you have a lot of responsibility sitting on your shoulders; you get paid more than anyone else (apart from that consultant you keep hiring) and your neck is on the chopping block if things go wrong, but we need to get a couple of...
Employees: Please Stop Giving Me 110%

Employees: Please Stop Giving Me 110%

…Or 1000% or a million percent or what ever hyperbolic measure you want to impress me with. 100% will do nicely thank you – but not all the time, probably about 30% of the time will do. And I will pay you 100% of your salary, of course. You see much of...
Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

Coaching for Outcomes…or Insights? I’ve been coaching for over 15 years now and over that period I’ve familiarised myself with a number of coaching processes and methodologies, not to mention all those acronyms. I’ve noticed how many of these...
Leadership in Crisis: The Revival

Leadership in Crisis: The Revival

Much of what I read about Leadership concerns squeezing more out of less. It’s about being more efficient, productive, profitable and successful with the resources at hand. It’s about modelling the behaviours of those around us that appear to achieve these...
EQ – Emotional Intelligence – What it’s Not

EQ – Emotional Intelligence – What it’s Not

There’s a lot being written about EQ (or EI) these days – a sign of society’s evolving awareness of emotion and feeling and a moving away from an over-emphasis on rational intelligence. That’s good. But a lot of what I read strikes me as being...
EGO – the biggest barrier to success

EGO – the biggest barrier to success

I’m sat in Edinburgh airport having just had an update on a company that I was briefly involved with a while back. The company is falling apart and its survival is in the balance. It has: Investment, Technology, Markets, Expertise, Experience, Prospects, Good...