How are we spending our time?

Last year I had a lot of projects on the go. Some of them helped me to achieve my core business offering, but others just accumulated and gathered steam through over ambition or an inability to say no to things I really should have. If this sounds familiar, you'll know…

Let's make 2018 our best yet!!

Happy New Year to you all..... Let's make 2018 our best yet!! In January 2017 I endeavoured to publish a post called make 2017 your best year. I never finished it, which in many ways was indicative of the motivations behind the idea in the first place. I wanted to…

Tech set up for 2018

I mentioned to a friend that this is the year I stick to one set of apps. While trying different apps out is fun, I know I'm slowing momentum. I need structure, processes and consistency. So, in a bid to increase productivity in 2018, I've designed my set up in…

Run. Right now.

It's the cheapest sound bite going and the chances are every blog you've read in the last two years or three has underlined the impact of running on every aspect of their business or personal life. But seriously. Start running. Shut your laptop down now and go. Make a commitment…

Tortoise Issue 3 is now out

Issue 3 of Tortoise Magazine was released today. It features a wintery atmospheric illustration by Helen Docksey on the cover and another strong curation of Chester's creative stories. We've worked hard to make sure this stands up against the well received second. It's been an interesting journey. The process behind…

Notes on starting a local magazine

Collaboration is a word that is thrown around in increasing measure at the moment. It’s in vogue. But in publishing, where the traditional business models and routes to market are virtually a thing of the past, and when access to funding for small journalism projects is difficult, collaboration is…

What would you do if you knew the end game?

I once read about someone who repeatedly wrote their CV 10 years in advance, filling it up with the experience and achievements they hoped to attain in the future. I was immediately dismissive, put off perhaps by the self indulgence. Surely it was the behaviour of a fantasist, a dreamer.…

Note to self: A routine for smashing it

When I'm not travelling as part of my wine life, I try to follow a strict regime. It involves committing to a few intensive business days a week, eating healthily, switching off at the right time and trying to harness short bursts of productive energy. You might wonder why I've…

Get rid of the monkeys

In 1999 The Harvard Business Review republished one of my favourite management and leadership anecdotes of all time. Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey? by William Oncken Jr. and Donald L. Wass was first published in 1974 but remains as relevant today as ever before. Through the metaphor of…