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One of the most important business tools

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

20140617_072754I’ve just been talking to someone about business tools and which are important and which are just ‘nice to have’. The one area he had not considered was the tool of ‘time’.

We all have 24 hours in the day but how that time is used can make a massive difference on the success and growth of a business. We are in the main holiday season now and it’s easy to slip into ‘coasting’ mode as many of our contacts and customers are on holiday. This is though, a great opportunity to look at what we want to achieve before the end of December. We have the time to think and the time to plan, before everybody comes back from holiday and we find ourselves back in the ‘cut and thrust’ of the day to day operations.

Use this time wisely. Think, plan and of course enjoy the time and hopefully weather, to prepare.

But don’t forget to give you, your family and friends time as well. Life is not all work!

What, no internet, what happens now!

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

20150703_171323I had my day all planned. I was working in the office. There were some emails to write and a number of ‘phone calls that needed to be made and a possible VOIP call, together with a couple of face to face conversations.

All very manageable I thought. Then I realised that there was no internet. It wasn’t slow or intermittent, it just wasn’t there at all. First step, check again, just in case, no still not working. Next step, ring the tech guys, they’ll investigate and respond. Now what!?

It’s surprising what happens when you look at a situation in a different way. The ‘phone calls were made, the face to face conversations took place and a proposal I needed to complete for the following week, was completed early. The emails? Extra ‘phone calls were made to explain for the important ones and the VOIP meeting. The rest waited until my internet was back on line.

Think differently. It works

Did he really say that?!

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Lord Digby JonesHis comments were straight to the point, that’s what I expected from a man known for his forthright views. Sir Digby Jones is not what you might call a diplomat (I’m sure he will admit that!). If you ask him a question, he will give you a direct answer and look at you when he talks to you. I like that in business. His comments and answers were easy to understand.

We, in the northern hemisphere, tend to much more direct than others in different parts of the world. We understand each other, however it can cause problems, and offence, if the company is exporting or dealing with other companies that take a different view to doing business.

It’s neither right or wrong, it’s just different. So many companies try to do business ‘their way’ when a little understanding and ability to adapt to a different cultural environment, could generate opportunities for them


Without customers there is no business

Friday, February 20th, 2015

20141008_172502I was on one of the last passengers flying into Blackpool Airport a few months ago.

It was strange to be in an airport knowing that it was going to close a few days later. The atmosphere was happy and sad at the same time but it did make me think and remember a basic fact; that if there are no customers, then there isn’t a business. Blackpool suffered it’s ultimate fate, mainly because it had customers, just not enough of them. I know that it continues as an airfield, servicing some of the oil and gas rigs and also there is a flying school there, so there is still a little life continuing, but and airport no longer.(although I do hear that commercial flights may start again but not in the same volume and not to main international destinations.)

Companies need customers for all sorts of reasons, the main one is to stay in business.


Think Big, Not Small

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

20140620_115219Michelle Mone, Founder of Ultimo, grew up in the east end of Glasgow, left school with no qualifications but had a ‘can do’ attitude to life.

She had a paper round whilst still at school and ended up ’employing’ 17 other people to service the various paper rounds.

Her early career was modeling but at 19, she had a baby and thought that she should find a job although that prospect didn’t delight her.

Throughout her life, she has always had this positive attitude and believes that nobody should wait for the opportunities to appear; they should go out and find them.

Listening to her and the peaks and troughs that she has had in her life, just highlights how business life can be. Sometimes it’s good and other times, it’s tough but the one thing it never is, is boring.

The opportunity to grow the business is always there, just seize it.

Perfectly Imperfect

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

20140620_105632Adam Shaw, Founder of the Ideas Company, has a view of how to grow a business.

His view is that we spend a lot of time fearing the destination; being concerned about what’s going to happen when we get there.

That is one reason why we never ‘arrive’. Instead of concentrating on the steps to get us to where we want to go, we sometimes think too far ahead.

His comment was that his mother kept asking ‘why not’ to his queries (I often ask that!). Why can’t you just be ‘perfectly imperfect’ and once he understood this, it gave him the freedom to go forward.

So why try to be perfect when ‘perfectly imperfect’ is ok!



Liverpool Accelerate 2014

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

20140617_072951As part of the International Festival for Business, Liverpool, in the North West of England, hosted the conference,’ Accelerate’ for the second year.

There were three themes for this conference, Passion; Power and Performance. The speakers ranged from John Maltby, who is CEO of RBS, England and Wales, to Lara Morgan, Founder of Pacific Direct.

Over the next few weeks, I shall be giving a little insight into their subject matter and making a comment or two about what they said.

I call it ‘Thought Bites’

Hope you have your own thoughts on this business content. In the meantime, here are mine.

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