Video
February 2017

Are you an addict?

With the rise of mobile phone and social media usage Simon Sinek tells us why this ‘addiction’ is bad for Millennials (born 1982 -1994) in particular, leading to a generation of young people having low esteem, unable to have deep and meaningful relationships and to learn skill sets to help them enjoy their future.

I’m not a Millennial but I am an addict, or should I say I was…

Thanks to Nadine Anderson, Proactive Leader of Barefaced Beauty for sharing this video with me.

Book
December 2016

Recommended Read: First Break All The Rules

First, Break All the Rules, subtitled What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently, first published in 1999, is a book that offers solutions to better employee satisfaction with the help of examples of how the best managers manage employees. Time Magazine listed the book as one of “The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books. Treating people as individuals, playing to people’s strengths and ‘The 12 Questions’ are a few of the gems I have learned and applied to my businesses for over a decade, and with great reward…

Book
December 2016

Recommended Read: The Tipping Point

I first read this book in 2001, just after its release. The “Law of the Few” has stuck with me ever since. Gladwell defines a tipping point as “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point”. This book seeks to explain and describe the “mysterious” sociological changes that mark everyday life. As Gladwell states: “Ideas and products and messages and behaviours spread like viruses do”. The examples of such changes in his book include the rise in popularity and sales of Hush Puppies shoes in the mid-1990s and the steep drop in New York City’s crime rate after 1990. By seeking out “the Few” you will enhance the potential to grow your own organisation…

Video
December 2016

TED Talk: Start With Why

Conventional thinking about ones business and subsequent marketing tends to start with ‘this is what we do’ closely followed by a list of features and benefits, ‘this is how we do it’. Sinek says our brains and therefore decision making behaviour react better to ‘this is why we do it’. He uses the Apple example to illustrate his point. I try it with my business UrbanLeaf…

Video
December 2016

TED Talk: How to find work you love

I really like Dinsmore’s tips for finding work you love. Step 1 – Become a Self-Expert. Step 2 – Do the Impossible. Step 3 – Surround Yourself with Passionate People. Easy right?

Article
December 2016

First Who Then What – 3AAA

Finding the right people to join your organisation is always a challenge. This time last year I met Di McEvoy-Robinson the Founder and Joint Owner of 3AAA, an Ofsted “Outstanding Apprenticeship Provider” at an Awards Ceremony. I was invited alongside Mark Tomkins with my Aubergine hat on as he had recently taken on two talented young apprentices for his organisation. I have since taken on an apprentice for UrbanLeaf, my fundraising company. Here’s my experience…

Article
December 2016

A Culture of Discipline – O2

Being a business owner for 15 years puts me in a pretty good position to know a great organisation from a good one and a good one from a mediocre one. Well at least to have an opinion anyway. When it comes to mobile phone partners I think I’ve found a good one…