Routines of focus and concentration

Sometimes we need to exercise a bit of tunnel vision and force ourselves to focus by closing ourselves off to external stimuli. Put simply, and crudely, we need to buckle down and do the work. Of course, for most of us this is much easier said than done. Rewarding work…

The culture of collaboration

Interesting things tend to happen at the intersection of ideas. Some of the best innovations and original business creations have emerged from people who can re-assemble the theories of multiple disciplines and use the resulting combinations to solve problems in new ways. Quite often these developments are brought about through…

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.…

What's your minimum viable product?

I've always liked a challenge. As a kid I wanted to be on the team with less players, most likely to lose, the team most likely to struggle in order to defy the odds. It was probably an early form of thrill seeking, but when I set out in business…

How to develop a clear vision

The end of the month is a real danger zone. After all, it's around this time that many of us turn our back on the positive habits we've been working hard to form since the start of the year. There's often a sense of I've proved I can do it,…

The luxury of help

I recently made a recommendation that a client take on some extra administrative help. The response was a similar one to those I've heard countless times before, that this kind of help, a personal assistant perhaps, or an office manager, is a luxury, something for big corporates, or an idea…

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…