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…

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…

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…

How to maximise efficiency while travelling

Never before has there been so much incredible technology at our finger tips, much of it designed to increase our productivity. Regardless of where we are or what we are doing, there is no longer any reason for travel commitments to hold up workflows or for business trips to generate…