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…

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…

Creating Tortoise Magazine

Over the last few months I've been lucky enough to be part of the creative process to bring a magazine from concept to reality. Tortoise Magazine has just launched and can be found crawling around Chester. We are very proud of the positive feedback that is flooding in and along…

The perils of forging your own path

I've been watching a lot of cycling recently. From the comfort of my armchair, I find the slow, tactical buildup quite relaxing. For the majority of the race it's a controlled test of rhythm, strength and endurance before those riders still in the frame make a late sprint for the…

Taking shortcuts devalues your brand

The other day I rang a friend who had recently qualified as a solicitor. I asked him to witness the signing of a document (nothing particularly important) for me, as well as one for my fiancé. There was a snag. My fiancé couldn't make it, and so she signed in…